Forty-nine per cent of Britons think Brexit is a mistake: Proportion of people who think Leave vote was wrong hits a new high of 49% as May’s Brexit plan is plunged into chaos
- YouGov survey found support for Theresa May’s Brexit deal fell in the past week
- It is a fresh blow for the PM who suffered three humiliating defeats last night
- Theresa May beats Jeremy Corbyn when voters asked who would be best PM
The proportion of people who think Brexit is a mistake has soared to a new high of 49 per cent as Theresa May’s deal is plunged into chaos.
A new poll found that the number who support the PM’s deal has also dipped – falling from 27 per cent last week to 23 per cent now.
The findings, in a YouGov poll commissioned by The Times, is a fresh blow for Mrs May as she is reeling from her humiliating triple defeat in the Commons last night.
In a torrid 63 minutes for No10, Tory rebels joined Labour to vote for an amendment to give MPs the power to tell ministers what to do if the PM’s deal is rejected next week.
And MPs also voted to hold ministers in contempt of Parliament for the first time in modern history.
The proportion of people who think Brexit is a mistake has soared to a new high of 49 per cent as Theresa May’s deal is plunged into chaos
The humiliating defeats have left Mrs May’s Brexit plan and her premiership hanging by a thread.
But in a rare glimmer of good news for her, the survey – carried out yesterday and Monday – found Mrs May still outpolls Jeremy Corbyn when voters are asked who would be the best PM.
The poll of 1,624 voters, found that 49 per cent now think it is wrong to leave the EU – up slightly from 48 per cent last week.
The number who still back Brexit has fallen from 42 per cent to 38 per cent, while those who do not know has risen from 11 per cent to 13 per cent.
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And with less than a week to go until MPs hold their crunch vote on the PM’s Brexit deal, the poll shows that support for her agreement has also slipped.
Just 23 percent say they support the PM’s deal – down from 27 percent last week.
While the proportion who oppose it has remained pretty steady – up to 46 per cent from last week’s 45 per cent.
The news is a blow for Mrs May, who has been travelling the breadth of the UK and appealing over the heads of her squabbling MPs to sell her deal to the country.
But while Mrs May’s Brexit plans have been plunged into chaos, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has failed to capitalise on the disarray.
The poll found that 35 per cent of voters think Mrs May makes the best PM – far higher than the 24 per cent who backed Mr Corbyn.
The poll found that 35 per cent of voters think Theresa May (pictured outside No10 today) makes the best PM – far higher than the 24 per cent who backed Jeremy Corbyn
But both politicians were still outpolled by ‘don’t know’ which had the backing of 37 per cent of those surveyed.
The poll comes as Liam Fox today warned that Remainer MPs may try to ‘steal Brexit’ from the British people in an affront to democracy.
The International Trade Secretary scrambled to try to defended Mrs May’s deal after last night’s humiliating defeats as he was quizzed by the international trade select committee.
He said: ‘I think there is a real danger, given the House of Commons which has a Remain majority, may attempt to steal Brexit from the British people, which I think would be a democratic affront.’
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