Ma­jor­ity of vot­ers re­ject PM’s plan

The Sunday Telegraph - - Countdown To Brexit - By Christo­pher Hope

ONLY a mi­nor­ity of vot­ers in the con­stituen­cies of Cabi­net min­sters who are back­ing Theresa May’s deal want them to ac­cept it, new polling has found.

A mass study of the views of 10,000 vot­ers, by BMG Re­search, found that one in two vot­ers dis­ap­prove of the deal, with just one in four in favour.

Just over half of the elec­torate – 53 per cent – want their MP to vote against the deal and only 37 per cent want their MP to vote for it. Ten per cent said their MP should ab­stain.

The BMG study for pro-Brexit cam­paign group Change Bri­tain shows that 63 per cent of vot­ers across the coun­try don’t want their MP to vote for the deal.

The find­ings of­fer sober­ing read­ing for 10 Cabi­net min­is­ters who are con­tin­u­ing to sup­port Mrs May’s deal, which is un­der at­tack for keep­ing the UK too tied to the Euro­pean Union af­ter Brexit.

It found that in Am­ber Rudd’s Hast­ings con­stituency, just 36 per cent of vot­ers backed the deal, while in Bran­don Lewis’s Great Yar­mouth seat the pro­por­tion is 38 per cent.

Only a mi­nor­ity of vot­ers in the seats of eight other Cabi­net min­is­ters back the deal, in­clud­ing Greg Clark (42 per cent), Philip Ham­mond (43 per cent) and Sa­jid Javid (43 per cent). In Mrs May’s Maiden­head seat just 45 per cent of the elec­torate backed the deal.

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