COR­BYN IN­COM­PE­TENT, POLL FINDS

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LABOUR leader Jeremy Cor­byn would be “in­com­pe­tent” in Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU, the ma­jor­ity thinks.

A Sky Data poll found just 22 per cent of peo­ple thought he would be com­pe­tent in the talks, com­pared to 71 per cent who thought oth­er­wise.

The fig­ure was slightly more pos­i­tive for Labour when asked if the party would be com­pe­tent in strik­ing a deal with Brus­sels.

A quar­ter agreed, while 68 per cent said it would be in­com­pe­tent.

The news comes as del­e­gates at the party’s con­fer­ence in Liver­pool pre­pared to vote on keep­ing open the op­tion of hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum on the fi­nal Brexit deal.

Sir Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit sec­re­tary said in a speech that Labour will vote against the gov­ern­ment’s Brexit deal.

He ar­gued that “the party that once promised to fix the roof while the sun was shin­ing now seems in­tent on burn­ing the house down”.

But it comes amid low rat­ings for Mr Cor­byn from the pub­lic.

Around 69 per cent of peo­ple said they were less at­tracted to Labour by him, com­pared to 15 per cent who were more at­tracted, the Sky Data poll found.

Mrs May also has a 21 per cent lead over him in a run-off ques­tion on who peo­ple would pre­fer to be prime min­is­ter.

When asked who they would be more likely to vote for in the imag­i­nary sce­nario where cen­trist anti-Brexit MPs had split from Labour, 15 per cent said Labour, while 34 per cent said a new party. And 25 per cent said they were sat­is­fied with Mr Cor­byn as Labour leader.

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