Sur­vey finds new vote would over­turn Leave

Re­sults show sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on with­drawal would end 55% for Re­main

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A sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on Britain’s with­drawal from the EU would over­turn the de­ci­sion to leave, ac­cord­ing to a new poll.

The ComRes sur­vey for the Daily Mir­ror found 55% back­ing for Re­main, against 45% for Leave.

The re­sults were re­leased a day af­ter for­mer Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he was com­ing round to the idea of a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, which he pre­dicted would con­firm the 52%-48% vic­tory for Leave and “kill off” op­po­si­tion to Brexit “for a gen­er­a­tion”.

Re­main cam­paign­ers wel­comed Mr Farage’s com­ments, with for­mer Cabi­net min­is­ter Lord Ado­nis say­ing: “Bring it on.”

Labour MP Chuka Umunna told BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day pro­gramme that the ver­sion of Brexit of­fered to vot­ers in 2016, in­clud­ing an ad­di­tional £350 mil­lion a week be­ing made avail­able for pri­or­i­ties like the NHS, “is not tran­spir­ing to be de­liv­ered”.

“The de­bate that we had was hy­po­thet­i­cal,” said Mr Umunna. “We now know the re­al­ity. If Brexit is ma­te­ri­ally dif­fer­ent from what peo­ple were sold, then Par­lia­ment has a right to keep an open mind.

“At the end of the day, if we do end up with an­other ref­er­en­dum, how on earth can it ‘thwart the will of the peo­ple’ if the peo­ple are the ones who have the fi­nal say on the deal?”

How­ever, Mr Farage swiftly back­tracked on the idea, telling the Daily Tele­graph: “To be clear, I do not want a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, but I fear one may be forced upon the coun­try by Par­lia­ment. That is how deep my dis­trust is for ca­reer politi­cians.

“This poses a big ques­tion for Leavers. Do we stick with the view that the re­sult will stand or ac­knowl­edge the fact that we face this po­ten­tial threat?”

Down­ing Street ruled out a fresh vote on EU mem­ber­ship but book­ies cut the odds of a poll in 2019 to 5-1.

Vot­ers ques­tioned for the ComRes poll showed lit­tle ap­petite for go­ing back to the bal­lot box, with just 43% say­ing that they want a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum against 51% who did not.

Just 30% said they were con­fi­dent Theresa May would get a good Brexit deal, com­pared with 65% who were not.

The de­bate over whether the public should get a vote on the deal ob­tained by the Prime Min­is­ter was thrust back into the spot­light by Mr Farage’s sug­ges­tion that a sec­ond vote would draw a line un­der crit­i­cism by key Re­main­ers.

On Thurs­day, he said: “I think that if we had a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on EU mem­ber­ship we would kill it off for a gen­er­a­tion. The per­cent­age that would vote to leave next time would be very much big­ger than it was last time round.”

Labour MP Chuka Umunna said the ver­sion of Brexit of­fered to vot­ers in 2016 “is not tran­spir­ing to be de­liv­ered”.

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