More than half of voters think Theresa May is bungling Brexit talks - poll

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3rd November 2017

More than half of Brits think Theresa May is handling Brexit talks badly – compared to a just under a year ago when the figure stood at a third, a new poll has suggested.

Public confidence in Theresa May's ability to handle Brexit has fallen
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In December last year, 51% thought the Prime Minister was doing a good job in managing Britain’s exit from the European Union, while 35% thought the opposite.

Yet the latest Ipsos-MORI figures for the Evening Standard show public confidence in Mrs May over Brexit has plummeted, with 55% now saying she is performing badly, compared to 35% remaining in favour.

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The poll also shows 60% of voters are not confident that Britain will reach a good deal with the bloc on leaving, while 35% think the UK will quit on favourable terms.

This once again marks a decline, from 51% and 44% respectively.

The study, carried out between 27 October and 1 November, comes after Mrs May failed to shore up agreement with the EU on the first phase of talks at last month's European Council Summit. 

And this week, Brexit Secretary David Davis conceded that the final divorce bill would likely favour the bloc over the UK.

However while only 20% of people think they will be better off after Brexit, 41% think it will make no difference to them – while a minority of 36% think they will be worse off.

Elsewhere, Labour saw a larger fall in voting intention than the Tories from the last poll – by four points to 40% - yet they remain ahead of the Tories who fell by two points to 38%.

Gideon Skinner, the head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: “Since the summer half of Britons have been stubbornly pessimistic about the economy, with young people and graduates the most worried about the impact of Brexit on their own standard of living, while older people are most likely to think they will be unaffected.”