Conservatives steady at 40%, Labour up 1 point to 30% - poll

Support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives was unchanged at 40% while the opposition Labour Party was up one percentage point at 30% after the first days of campaigning for Britain's Dec. 12 election, a poll by Panelbase showed.

The pro-European Union Liberal Democrats had the support of 15%, up one point, and the Brexit Party was on 8%, down one point, according to the poll published on Friday.

It had a sample size of 1,046 people and was conducted between Nov. 6 and 8, Panelbase said.

In other news, Scottish Nationalists have said they will seek "a progressive alliance" with the opposition Labour Party if an election next month results in no one winning an overall majority, but the party wants a second independence vote in return, its leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday.

Britons head to the polls on Dec. 12 for a snap election which Prime Minister Boris Johnson called to end the Brexit impasse, with polls showing the governing Conservatives ahead of Labour but by varying margins.

In Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) already has 35 out of 59 lawmakers, with some pollsters suggesting they will make further gains, positioning them as possible kingmakers.

"If there's a hung parliament ... SNP MPs will seek to form a progressive alliance to lock the Tories out of government," Sturgeon said at the start of the SNP campaign in Edinburgh.

"The SNP is not going to be giving support to parties that do not recognise the central principle of the right of the people of Scotland to choose their own future," she added.

Scottish voters opposed independence in a 2014 plebiscite but then backed remaining in the European Union in 2016, which the SNP has used to try and boost support for secession.

The Labour Party has not ruled out a second independence vote but said on Friday it was not seeking deals.

"We're not in this to do anything other than win and we're not doing deals," said the party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer.

Senior Labour figures have left open the possibility of a new independence referendum and Sturgeon said the party was getting closer to her stance.

"Labour's position, I think, on this is moving in the right direction," she said.

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ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) interacts with staff during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) gestures as he helps quality control staff during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, on November 7, 2019. - Britain's two main parties promised billions of pounds of investment for hospitals, schools and infrastructure on Thursday as they seek to woo voters weary of austerity ahead of the December 12 general election. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prime Minister Boris Johnson helps to pack crisps during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) checks a potato as he helps quality control staff during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prime Minister Boris Johnson helps to pack crisps beside Tayto Chairman Stephen Hutchinson (L) during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he helps to pack crisps beside Tayto Chairman Stephen Hutchinson (L) during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images) beside Tayto Chairman Stephen Hutchinson (R) during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) helps quality control staff during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prime Minister Boris Johnson helps to pack crisps during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prime Minister Boris Johnson tastes a crisp beside Tayto Chairman Stephen Hutchinson (R) during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Tayto Castle crisp factory, Tandragee, County Armagh, while on the General Election campaign trail. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Tayto Castle crisp factory, Tandragee, County Armagh, while on the General Election campaign trail. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Tayto Castle crisp factory, Tandragee, County Armagh, while on the General Election campaign trail. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 7, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he helps quality control staff during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory on November 07, 2019 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) gestures besides Tayto Chairman Stephen Hutchinson (R) during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, on November 7, 2019. - Britain's two main parties promised billions of pounds of investment for hospitals, schools and infrastructure on Thursday as they seek to woo voters weary of austerity ahead of the December 12 general election. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) gestures as he helps quality control staff during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, on November 7, 2019. - Britain's two main parties promised billions of pounds of investment for hospitals, schools and infrastructure on Thursday as they seek to woo voters weary of austerity ahead of the December 12 general election. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Tayto Castle crisp factory, Tandragee, County Armagh, while on the General Election campaign trail. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
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