Nearly half of voters (48 percent) quizzed in the exclusive ComRes survey “just want Brexit sorted” and “don’t really care how”. Nearly eight out of ten (78 percent) blame Parliament for the postponement of the withdrawal date that had been set for this coming Friday. Almost four out of ten think Commons Speaker John Bercow, who intervened to block Theresa May’s plans this week, is trying to thwart Brexit.
Half of voters quizzed in the survey still want the UK to leave the EU
And half of voters (50 percent) still want the UK to leave the EU while only 35 percent think the departure should be cancelled.
The findings of the online survey of more than 2,000 voters were published yesterday after the Prime Minister agreed a Brexit delay until at least April 12 with EU leaders at a summit in Brussels late on Thursday night.
The departure date could be pushed forward to May 22 if MPs approve Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement in a third Commons “meaningful vote” next week.
No Brexit delay remained the most popular option for voters in the ComRes survey.
Almost four out of ten think Commons Speaker John Bercow is trying to thwart Brexit
Forty-one percent wanted “no delay at all” with Brexit delivered on time on March 29 while a third (33 percent) wanted a delay of up to three months.
Three quarters (75 percent) of people who voted Leave in the 2016 EU referendum wanted no delay.
The ComRes poll also appeared to demolish claims that voters are turning against Brexit.
Half (50 percent) want the UK to quit the EU while just over a third (35 percent) believe the country should “stay in the EU and abandon the process to leave”.
More voters wanted the UK to quit the EU on time without a deal (24 percent) than with a deal (14 percent).
Parliament was seen to have been the biggest failure in the Brexit process
In a warning to the political establishment, no one involved in the Brexit process was judged to have performed well by voters.
Parliament was seen to have been the biggest failure in the Brexit process.
Only three percent of voters quizzed by ComRes thought “Parliament in general” had done well during just over 1,000 since the UK voted to quit the EU.
The figures appeared to back up Mrs May’s claims, in a television address Wednesday night, that voters are overwhelmingly “frustrated” by Parliament blocking Brexit.
She insisted it was “high time” MPs came to a decision about the departure.
More than half (52 percent) of voters quizzed in the survey thought the EU had come across badly in the negotiations compared with 14 percent who considered the bloc had done well.
Brussels was also judged to be the winner in the negotiations by the biggest number of people questioned in the survey.
Four out of ten voters (40 percent) considered the EU had secured the best outcome for its own interests out of Brexit.
Just over a third believe the country should “stay in the EU and abandon the process to leave”
In contrast, the figure for the UK Government was just six percent.
Individual leaders were judged to have fared as badly as institutions.
Only 11 percent thought Mrs May had performed while 68 percent considered she had handled the process badly.
More than half (54 percent) of people who voted Tory at the last general election in 2017 felt she had performed badly.
Jeremy Corbyn was also judged poorly for the part he has played as Opposition Leader during the period since the 2016 EU referendum.
Nine percent of voters thought the Labour leader had performed well while 66 percent thought his efforts had gone badly.
Fewer than one in five (18 percent) who voted Labour at the election thought he had performed well.
Nearly half (44 percent) thought Mr Bercow had performed well while 16 percent judged him to have done badly. Yet 39 percent thought the Speaker was “rightly seeking to put the power to control the Brexit process in Parliament’s hands” compared with 25 percent who disagreed.
Three in five voters who backed Leave in the EU referendum thought Mr Bercow was trying to “thwart Brexit”.
Jeremy Corbyn was also judged poorly for the part he has played as Opposition Leader
Two thirds of Leave voters (64 percent) agreed with the statement: “I just want Brexit sorted and don’t really care how.”
Intriguingly, 28 percent of Remain voters also agreed with the statement.
Britons were also gloomy about the country’s prospects after Brexit. Just 23 percent were “optimistic” about post-Brexit Britain for themselves and their families while 36 percent were “pessimistic”.
Andrew Hawkins, ComRes chairman, said of the findings: “MPs howled in protest at being blamed by Theresa May for being unable to agree on a way to implement Brexit; but this, along with previous ComRes polls, confirms that voters are more critical of Parliament than they are of anybody else for the impasse.
“This should not come as much of a surprise, given that the consistently most popular outcomes are to leave sooner rather than later, and on World Trade Organisation terms if a deal cannot be reached.
No Brexit delay remained the most popular option for voters in the ComRes survey
“MPs are seen by many voters as having stood in the way of these preferred outcomes and they are clearly unhappy about that.”
Support for the political parties remained unchanged compared to a previous ComRes poll earlier this week.
Labour was one point ahead of the Tories with a 35 percent potential share of the vote.
A similar vote share in a general election would lead to another hung parliament.
ComRes interviewed 2,063 adults between March 20 and 21 for the poll.