May urges Brexiteers: Choose head over heart, as Tory supporters switch to Ukip

Anna Mikhailova
Ukip has surged in the polls - PA

Theresa May has urged Eurosceptics to let the head rule the heart even if it means compromising, as a new poll suggests Tory voters are switching to Ukip.

In an interview on Sunday, the Prime Minister appeared to admit she is not giving Brexiteers what they voted for.

She acknowledged that millions of people “voted from the heart to leave the European Union” for Brexit, but said she has to be "hard headed and practical" in the way she sees it through.

“So if we’re going to find something that was in Britain’s interest, that delivered on the referendum and that was negotiable – we had to make a compromise,” Mrs May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.

She urged people to "keep their eye on the prize" of Brexit - and said her plan was the only workable way to deliver it.

“My job as Prime Minister is to deliver for them but also I've got to be hard-headed and practical about this and do it in a way that ensures we get the best interests for the UK,” Mrs May said.

However, Ukip has surged in the polls amid accusations that the Government is not the delivering Brexit people voted for.

Support for the Conservatives has fallen by six points since early June, with Ukip reaping the gains – support for Ukip by five points to 8 per cent over the same period, according to an Opinium poll conducted by the Obsever.

Theresa May Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty

Today, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads a group of Eurosceptic MPs, accused Mrs May of being “a Remainer who has remained a Remainer”.

David Davis said in his resignation letter last week that the “current trend of policy and tactics" was making it look "less and less likely" that Brexit would deliver on the referendum result.

He added: “The ‘common rule book’ policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense.”

Meanwhile, other Tory MPs spoke in favour of Mrs May’s plan.

Sarah Wollaston said: “Those pushing for ideological version of ‘clean’ Brexit need to explain how they would deal with the realities of protecting jobs, supply chains and safety.

“Instead of sabotaging this pragmatic White Paper, they should be honest about the actual risks of their no-deal Brexit.”

This week the Commons will see a crucial vote on trade and customs policy.