Bat­tle for Brexit

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Speech set­ting out the Gov­ern­ment’s leg­is­la­tion, but crit­ics said it was a cyn­i­cal bid to stop MPs block­ing No Deal.

The poll found 40 per cent felt the Prime Min­is­ter was wrong to sus­pend Par­lia­ment and 39 agreed with the move.

Asked who they back on Brexit, Mr John­son is the clear win­ner on 45 per cent. Among the main three par­ties, the Lib­eral Democrats have the sec­ond most pop­u­lar Brexit pol­icy, on 21, with Mr Cor­byn trail­ing on a lowly 16. Mr John­son is clear win­ner as ‘ best PM’ on 45 per cent. Miss Swin­son is sec­ond on 19 and Mr Cor­byn third on 17.

Asked to choose be­tween the Labour leader and pro-EU former Tory chan­cel­lor Ken Clarke as a care­taker prime min­is­ter the lat­ter polls 32 per cent to 21 for Mr Cor­byn.

As well as hav­ing more of a ‘com­mon touch’, Mr John­son is seen as more in­tel­li­gent, stronger, more charis­matic and more states­man­like. Mr Cor­byn leads in just one cat­e­gory: he is seen – marginally – as more ‘car­ing’.

The sur­vey em­pha­sises the scale of the risk Mr John­son took when he vowed the UK would cut its ties with Brus­sels ‘do or die’ on Oc­to­ber 31.

The public sup­port his bold aim: 49 per cent op­pose moves to de­lay Brexit to take ne­go­ti­a­tions into ex­tra time; 42 per cent dis­agree.

A to­tal of 52 per cent be­lieve we will leave with­out a deal, com­pared with 19 per cent who think we will se­cure one. A to­tal of 13 per cent be­lieve we will re­main in the EU.

But if Mr John­son fails to se­cure an exit on Oc­to­ber 31 his ‘do or die’ prom­ise could back to haunt him. One in two vot­ers, in­clud­ing one in four Con­ser­va­tives, say he will have no choice but to re­sign.

Sur­va­tion in­ter­viewed 1,020 adults on­line on Thurs­day and yes­ter­day.

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