Labour takes poll lead as Tory support plummets by nine points amid Brexit chaos

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10th April 2019

Support for the Conservatives has plummeted in the past month as the Brexit deadlock continues, according to a new poll.

The findings are a boost for Jeremy Corbyn ahead of the local elections.
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The Kantar survey put the Tories in 32% - a staggering nine points lower than in March.

At the same time, backing for Labour has increased by four points to 35%, giving them a three-point lead over Theresa May's party.

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The findings are a huge boost for Jeremy Corbyn ahead of next month's local council elections.

Elsewhere, the poll shows the pro-EU Lib Dems have also seen their support rise by three points since March to 11%, Ukip is up one point to 7% and the SNP is unchanged on 5%.

The results come hard on the heels of a separate European Parliamentary elections poll which put Labour on 38%, well ahead of the Tories on just 23%.

The polls suggest that the public are determined to punish the Conservatives for the Government's failure to take the UK out of the EU as promised.

Mrs May travels to Brussels on Wednesday to ask an emergency European Council summit to authorise a further Brexit delay until 30 June at the latest.

However, EU leaders are expected to demand a longer extension of up to a year as the Prime Minister struggles to win MPs' backing for a deal.

Meanwhile, the Kantar poll also showed that 51% of voters want any Brexit deal agreed by Parliament to then be put to the country in a second referendum.

Asked how they would vote if that were to take place, 41% of those who took part in the poll said they would back Remain, 35% would support Leave, 15 would not vote and 9% did not know.

In a further sign of how split the UK remains on Brexit, 33% said they supported Article 50 being revoked or staying in the EU, 24% want to leave with no deal, 12% want to leave with Theresa May's deal and 15% want to leave but remain in the customs union and single market.