Half of Brits think the Government is mishandling Brexit - poll

Posted On: 
16th November 2016

Nearly half of Britons believe Theresa May’s government is doing a “bad job” of handling Britain’s exit from the European Union, according to a new poll.

Nearly half of voters think the Government is doing a bad job on Brexit
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A survey by Ipsos Mori for the Evening Standard found that 48% of voters are unhappy with ministers' performance on the biggest issue facing the country, compared to 37% who believe the Prime Minister’s administration is making a “good job” of Brexit.

The findings come after a leaked memo claimed ministers have yet to come up with a plan for leaving the EU, and a report from the Institute for Government warned of Whitehall’s readiness for delivering Brexit.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today accused Mrs May of overseeing a “total shambles” after Boris Johnson told a Czech newspaper the UK would probably leave EU the customs union despite the Government having yet to reach an official position.

Furthermore, following the High Court ruling that the Commons must vote on the triggering of Article 50, polling shows 44% percent of the public believe that MPs should purely sign off the process, while 37% think that parliament should have a further scrutinising role.


Today's poll also found that Labour has narrowed the gap with the Conservatives following a surge in support, although Mrs May’s party remain nine points clear of their rivals.

The Tories have dropped five points to 42%, while Labour have gone up four points to 33%.

However, the poll also shows that Mr Corbyn remains substantially less popular than Theresa May.

While 54% are satisfied with the Prime Minister, only 28% voice the same support for the Labour leader.

The figures show 30% were dissatisfied with Ms May, compared to 57% with Mr Corbyn.

Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said: "Theresa May’s honeymoon over Labour continues, but that isn’t stopping the public being critical of her government’s handling of Brexit. And with deep divisions in society continuing on Britain’s relationship with Europe, it’s not going to get any easier for her."

The number of voters planning to back the Lib Dems has risen by 3 points to 10%, while the Ukip vote has gone up by one point to 10%.