Our readers voted in their droves over the past three days in our latest Brexit poll. We first asked: “Is NO DEAL better for Britain than May’s exit plan?” At the time the poll closed at 6pm on Tuesday, May 21, 68,464 votes had been cast. After Theresa May announced her “new” Brexit deal intended to win over her critics, we asked again: “Is NO DEAL better for Britain than May’s NEW exit plan?” And at the time poll closed at 10am on Thursday, May 23, almost 15,000 readers had cast their votes. Read on for results.
Total votes cast: 68,464
Time period: 6pm Monday, May 20 to 6pm Tuesday, May 21
Question: Is NO DEAL better for Britain than May’s exit plan?
Option 1: YES – No deal is the best solution – 60,605 votes (89 percent)
Option 2: NO – May’s deal is the better route – 6,011 votes (nine precent)
Option 3: Don’t know – 1,848 votes (two percent)
Total votes cast: 14,909
Time period: 10am Wednesday, May 22 to 10am, Thursday, May 23
Question: Is NO DEAL better for Britain than May’s NEW exit plan?
Option 1: YES – No deal is the best solution – 14,234 votes (96 percent)
Option 2: NO – May’s revised deal is the best option – 468 votes (three percent)
Option 3: Don’t know – 207 votes (one percent)
Those who voted were eager to share their comments on the polls.
One wrote after the first poll: “The sooner someone gets us out of this mess the better.
“I want our sovereignty back. I did not vote for May’s deal, I voted just to leave.”
Another wrote: “There was no doubt what leave meant at the referendum.
“Parliament had ample time to address any concerns or confusion.”
The results of the polls make one thing plain: Express.co.uk readers are not convinced these changes offer anything tangible.
One pointed out: “How on earth can offerings change on the WA (withdrawal agreement) when the EU has states it’s not open to renegotiation?”
On Tuesday, Theresa May told MPs they have “one last chance” to deliver Brexit as she set out the ten-point plan.
The plan includes new guarantees on workers’ rights, environmental protections, the Irish backstop, a customs “compromise”, and, most controversially, it promises a vote on whether to hold a second referendum if MPs back the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on June 7.
But the new ten-point plan has been met with fierce resistance from senior members of Government, costing the Prime Minister one Cabinet member already this week.
Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons, resigned on Wednesday evening as she said she no longer believes the Government’s “approach will deliver on the referendum result.”
Ahead of the EU elections beginning on Thursday and the Prime Minister’s intention to publish the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on Friday, Mrs Leadsom said: “I considered carefully the timing of this decision, but I cannot fulfil my duty as Leader of the House tomorrow, to announce a Bill with new elements that I fundamentally oppose.”
This resignation has only served to further intensify the pressure on Theresa May to stand down.
As this turmoil continues, many in the upper echelons of Government have said this is the “end of the line” for the Prime Minister.