Tories plunge NINE points in a month amid Brexit chaos as more than half of voters say they now back a second referendum
- New Kantar poll found the Tories on 32 per cent, down from 41 per cent in March
- It puts Labour in first place on 35 per cent, up three points from the last survey
- The survey also found 51 per cent now back a referendum on the Brexit deal
The Tory party has plunged nine points in the polls a new survey suggests today.
Polling firm Kantar’s latest monthly research suggests the Brexit chaos is finally hitting support for Theresa May’s party as the PM seeks a second delay to leaving the EU.
The firm found the Conservatives are backed by 32 per cent, down from 41 per cent in the same survey in March.
The dramatic poll means Labour takes the lead with Kantar after rising four points, from 31 per cent to 35 per cent.
The Liberal Democrats have also gained group, surged three to 11 per cent support in the new survey.
Kantar’s new poll also finds more than half of people now support putting the Brexit deal to a referendum.
Kantar’s latest research suggests the Brexit chaos is finally hitting support for Theresa May’s party as the PM seeks a second delay to leaving the EU
The poll findings were published as EU leaders today urged Emmanuel Macron not to ‘humiliate’ Mrs May at tonight’s historic summit where they are expected to impose a lengthy delay to Brexit on the UK
Across all voters, 51 per cent say it should have a public vote while just 32 per cent are opposed. Leave voters split 53 per cent to 35 per cent against, while Remain voters are heavily split 62 per cent to 22 per cent in favour.
According to the poll if a new referendum were held, 41 per cent say they would Remain, with 35 per cent backing Leave – with just nine per cent saying they don’t know and the rest vowing not to take part at all.
Fewer than one in four people say Britain should end the impasse by leaving the EY with No Deal, with one in three saying Brexit should be cancelled instead.
The poll findings were published as EU leaders today urged Emmanuel Macron not to ‘humiliate’ Mrs May at tonight’s historic summit where they are expected to impose a lengthy delay to Brexit on the UK.
But the French president is the most hardline of EU leaders and wants to impose humiliating conditions on the delay – such as ‘behaviour reviews’ of the UK every three months that are designed to stop a new Prime Minister disrupting the EU.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Donald Tusk have urged the French President to show respect to avoid souring relations – but Brexiteers claim the UK is already a ‘laughing stock’.
Mrs May flies to Brussels later to ask for a delay only until the end of June after another expected bruising from MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions at lunchtime.
But the EU is expected to demand delay of between nine and 12 months to ‘allow the UK to rethink its Brexit strategy’ along with a ‘Boris-proof’ clause stopping a new Brexiteer Tory leader ripping up Mrs May’s deal.
Kantar’s new poll also finds more than half of people now support putting the Brexit deal to a referendum. Across all voters, 51 per cent say it should have a public vote while just 32 per cent are opposed
The Tories have been trending down in the polls in recent weeks as the Brexit chaos continues to grip the nation
It came as the Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay admitted the EU is now in control but tried to shift the blame by saying: ‘The Government has agreed a deal. Parliament is refusing to honour the result of the referendum’.
Angela Merkel is believed to have ‘taken on’ Emmanuel Macron in several recent phone calls while last night Mr Tusk made a personal plea for him to drop his request for a ‘good behaviour’ review for Britain every three months.
He said: ‘Neither side should be allowed to feel humiliated. Whatever course of action is taken, it must not be influenced by negative emotions. We should treat the UK with the highest respect, as we want to remain friends and close partners, and as we will still need to agree on our future relations’.
DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds branded the talks ‘humiliating and embarrassing’ for the UK, and claimed Britain was ‘effectively holding out a begging bowl to European leaders’.
Tory MP Anne Main has said the UK was becoming a ‘laughing stock’ and called it ‘appalling that we may be seeking an extension with no real sense of purpose’.
Brexiteer Labour MP Kate Hoey said: ‘It does seem really humiliating for this country to have our Prime Minister going over to the European Union to literally beg for an extension. What is this saying about our country?’