British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union are overwhelmingly opposed by the British public and more than a third of voters would support a new right-wing political party committed to quitting the bloc, according to a new poll.
Mrs May’s political vulnerability was exposed by the survey which found voters would prefer Mr Boris Johnson, who quit as Britain’s foreign minister two weeks ago, to negotiate with the EU and lead the Conservative Party into the next election.
Only 16 per cent of voters say Mrs May is handling Brexit well, compared to 34 percent who say that Mr Johnson would do a better job, according to the poll conducted by YouGov for The Sunday Times newspaper.
With a little more than eight months to go before Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, Mrs May’s government, parliament, the public and businesses remain deeply divided over what form Brexit should take.
Mrs May’s plans to keep a close trading relationship with the EU on goods thrust her government into crisis this month after two of her most senior ministers, including Mr Johnson, resigned over the plans.
Only one in ten voters would pick the government’s proposed Brexit plans if there was a second referendum, according to a poll. Almost half think it would be bad for Britain. The survey also found voters are increasingly polarized, with growing numbers of people alienated from the two main political parties.