Public support for a second Brexit vote increases as less than a fifth of voters back Theresa May’s Chequers proposals

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
A new poll suggests more voters now want a second Brexit vote (Rex)

As Brexit day draws ever-closer, voters seem to be increasingly supportive of a second vote on the terms of a deal.

According to a BMG poll, nearly half (48%) of people now back a vote on the terms of a deal struck with the EU – an increase of 4% from four weeks ago.

The survey of 1,500 people revealed that 24% of people opposed a second vote – down 3% in the same period.

Some 49% of people say the Theresa May should be replaced if she cannot strike a Brexit deal that is supported by the Cabinet (Rex)

Just 14% of people said they supported Theresa May’s much-derided Chequers proposals, that saw Cabinet members David Davis and Boris Johnson resign in protest.

And nearly half (49%) said the Prime Minister should be replaced if the rest of her Cabinet did not support any Brexit deal she strikes with the EU – up 3% from a month ago.

Brexit is still proving to be divisive not just in the country but within Mrs May’s own ranks.

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A group of Eurosceptic Tories, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, are reportedly planning to launch their own ‘Clean Brexit’ plan just before Conservative Part conference.

Conservative vice-chairman Chris Skidmore has now issued a warning to the party over the dangers of disunity over Brexit.

Mr Skidmore, who was appointed this month by the Prime Minister to chair the new Conservative Policy Commission, said the Tories must not allow themselves to be defined in the public mind by the issue of Europe.

Tory Eurosceptics led by Jacob Rees-Mogg are reportedly preparing to launch a ‘Clean Brexit’ plan on the eve of Conservative party conference (Rex)

His warning came as the October deadline approaches for agreement on the UK’s withdrawal deal and a political declaration on the future UK/EU relationship.

Mr Skidmore stressed that delivering on Brexit would not be the key to winning the next election.

He said: ‘We must recognise the advantages that Brexit can bring, but let us never be defined by it.

‘Millions of people wish to lead their own lives free from the monopoly of state control. It is those people we stand for and have a duty to fight for, united.’

Boris Johnson resigned from the Cabinet at the Government’s handling of Brexit (Rex)

His comments came as new polling analysis suggested that a majority of British constituencies now want to remain in the EU.

Analysis by consumer analytics company Focaldata of polls involving more than 15,000 people found that 341 out of 632 parliamentary seats in England Scotland and Wales now have a Remain majority.

The company found that 112 seats had switched from Leave to Remain since the 2016 referendum, 97 of them in England, 14 in Wales and one in Scotland.