Brexit split deepens as voters more polarised than ever on leaving the EU - shock poll

The Politico-Hanbury’s tracker poll surveyed 3,066 people between June 21 and July 15 and asked: Which of the following options would you prefer if Britain has still not agreed a Brexit deal by October 31, 2019? The results showed voters appeared to be more polarised than ever on Brexit, as around 51 percent of voters in London and Scotland supported staying in the European Union. But the North West and the East Midlands were in favour of a no-deal withdrawal at 46 percent.

And no more than nine percent of voters overall wanted to see another delay to Brexit after the original withdrawal date of March 29 was pushed back to October 31.

Theresa May, who will leave office of Prime Minister next week, argued there needs to be some kind of compromise to reunite the country.

In a speech on Wednesday, she said: “Some argue I should have taken the United Kingdom out of the European Union with no deal on the 29th of March.

“Some wanted a purer version of Brexit.

“Others wanted to find a way of stopping it altogether. 

“But most people across our country had a preference for getting it done with a deal.

“And I believe the strength of the deal I negotiated was that it delivered on the vote of the referendum to leave the European Union, while also responding to the concerns of those who had voted to remain.”

The results of the poll paint a different picture to an earlier Politico-Hanbury survey carried out in February.

Up to 47 percent of voters supported an extension to Brexit, while only 27 percent voted against this.

And an even earlier poll in November, before Theresa May revealed her Brexit deal to the public, showed that 47 percent were in supported of a “compromise” with the EU.

Only 35 percent said they wanted to leave without a deal.

Meanwhile, the next Prime Minister was thwarted from suspending Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit yesterday.

MPs passed a motion by 315 votes to 274, which will require the Government to report to Parliament on a regular basis as to the progress on restoring the Northern Ireland Executive. 

The measures do not amount to an outright block on suspending parliament but could make it much more difficult to bypass parliament.

The EU Commission’s new President Ursula Von der Leyen is willing to extend the Brexit deadline again to prevent a hard Brexit, which she says would be bad for both the UK and EU.

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