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Brexit poll reveals all of England and Wales now favour no deal – except London
Voters ready to accept no deal Brexit if no agreement is reached by April 12, survey finds
Every region of England and Wales apart from London is happy to leave the European Union without a deal if no agreement is reached by April 12, a poll has revealed.
In the Midlands and Wales, 46 per cent favour no deal, while 31 per cent want to Remain, according to the research by YouGov.
In the South, 44 per cent back No Deal and 34 per cent are for remaining in the EU. In the North of England, 41 per cent back No Deal and 34 want to remain.
However in London, only 26 per cent back No Deal and 48 per cent want to remain, the research found.
The poll asked: “If Britain has not agreed a deal by April 12, what do you think should happen?”
The results in Scotland mirrored London, with just 28 per cent in favour of No Deal.
Most Conservative voters also now want to leave Europe without a deal, the poll found. 72 per cent of Tories wanted no deal, with 15 per cent saying Article 50 should be revoked.
Asked whether in hindsight, Britain was right to leave the European Union, 29 per cent of Londoners voted yes, compared to 46 per cent in the rest of the South and 48 per cent in Wales and the Midlands.
While none of the regions flattered the government in their views on its EU exit negotiations, the rest of the South was three times more forgiving than London – with 9 per cent responding that negotiations were “going well” – compared to just 3 per cent in London.
Wales, the Midlands and Scotland fell somewhere in between with 7% and 6% respectively.
London was similarly harsh in its support for the PM’s draft Brexit deal. While 30 per cent of respondents in the South said they supported the draft deal, only 13 per cent in the capital felt the same.
This morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a no-deal Brexit is now “very unlikely” as he suggested he could accept a customs union compromise.
He said that, while he “profoundly” disagreed with Jeremy Corbyn on economic and security matters, he believed the only remaining way to get Brexit through was by seeking Labour votes.
And he told Today: “I would much prefer the Prime Minister’s deal to a customs union, to be frank. I want to deliver Brexit, I have spoken about the problems of a customs union and I don’t think it’s as good for the country. But I also want to deliver Brexit.”
But Mr Hancock said he was “very, very strongly against” a second referendum – despite Chancellor Philip Hammond describing it as a “perfectly credible” proposal.
Asked about the chances of a no-deal exit, Mr Hancock said: “I think that they are very unlikely because of the Bill that the House of Commons passed last night.
“The Bill isn’t law yet – it has to go through the Lords – but we all know that the House of Lords is very, very opposed to no-deal and that would make it the law of the land that the Prime Minister has to seek an extension rather than go for no-deal.
“So I think no-deal is very unlikely despite the fact that in the NHS we’ve done enormous amounts of preparation to make sure that we’ve done everything that we can to make the country ready.”
Chris Curtis, political research manager at YouGov said: “There are no Brexit options that a majority of the public are willing to support.”
“In our most recent poll we looked at what the public think should happen in one of the situations that could lead to a no-deal Brexit.
“That is if Parliament remains deadlocked and the EU refuses to give Britain an extension.
“If this were to occur the country remains almost completely split on the best way to proceed, with 44 per cent opting for no deal and 42 per cent thinking at that stage the government should revoke Article 50.”
It comes as Tory Brexiteers reacted with fury as a bill aimed at forcing an Article 50 extension to block a no-deal outcome was passed with a majority of just one vote.
The cross-party Cooper-Boles Brexit Bill, which was fast-tracked through Parliament in one day, was approved by MPs with 313 vote for and 312 against late on Wednesday night.
Expressing his frustration at it clearing all stages in the Commons within a matter of hours, Conservative MP Peter Bone urged Speaker John Bercow to “make this farce stop” and prevent further votes.
And Tory MP Mark Francois reacted with anger, calling it a “constitutional outrage”. The leading Brexiteer said it had been “rammed through in four hours”, and then quoting from the bible, added: “The public won’t be impressed by this. Forgive them father they know not what they do.”
Speaking after the result Yvette Cooper, who drafted the bill, said it has been a “very considered and thoughtful debate throughout”, and that MPs had “voted again to make clear the real concerns that there would be about a chaotic and damaging no deal”.
She said the Bill would “support the Prime Minister’s commitment to make sure we don’t end up with no deal on April 12”.
Ms Cooper added: “I’m sure that we will be very keen to work with Government to make sure that this legislation progresses in a way that is sensible and works in the national interest.”
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will be locked in talks again today in an effort to alter the Brexit political declaration in order to get it through the Commmons. Mrs May is also facing the prospect of more resignations with as many as 15 minister said to be poised to quit
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain with 16% of EU GDP and 13% of the EU’s population yet having only 8% (if united) say, whilst holding less than 3% of the various offices within the EU Do note The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy despite its protestations!Do note that many senior apparatchicks and even elected politicians speak openly of the ‘Post Democratic era’ with no sense of shame or irony and in complete contempt of the so called electorate – yet The EU & many of its vassal States/Regions are all too willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!
Now as President Junker announced in his ‘State of the union’ speech 2017 the aim is to create an EU military force and centralise ever more of the decision making and control!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
Just follow the recent EU display of so called ‘Democracy’:
France and the Netherlands voted against the proposed EU constitution in 2005, only to have those votes ignored.
Ireland voted against ratifying the Lisbon treaty in 2008, but then later under pressure & threats had to change its mind.
Greece for me was the final straw. It became clear in 2015 that it didn’t matter which way the Greek people voted. The birthplace of democracy had become its tomb. That was enough. I was going to vote to leave the EU when the chance came.
No political party of any significance in Britain took active steps to achieve a Referendum – the task was eventually taken by an Indipendent West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire who personally launched and funded the gathering of a petition of 225,000 signatures delivered to Parliament via Downing Street, thus forcing a debate in the House of Commons on an IN/OUT Referendum, which led to David Cameron’s first consequential rebellion.
It was due to winning that debate, officially opposed by every party including Ukip that David Cameron was forced to include a promise of an IN/OUT Referendum in the Tory Manifesto at the next General Election. The rest is history & despite no Parliamentary Party backing the OUT vote & Government spending Millions of Pounds of public money leafletting & promoting ‘Project Fear’ to try to persuade the British people to Remain just as they had at the first Referendum in 1975 – This time their lies and threats were not heeded and in the largest vote in British history Britain voted by a clear majority to Leave.
Nikki Sinclaire’s OUT result left Cameron & his co conspirator Osborne with no option but to resign, sadly some of the other traitors have remained to try to hinder progress to BreXit, aided by their corrupt allies in the EU and \eu funding and bribes!
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, if we leave the EU, using a better negotiated, customised & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.
This is of course dependent on a modicum of intelligence on the part of Britain’s politicians and negotiators but it also requires the integrity of Parliament to uphod democracy and the integrity of EU politicuians & apparchicks to act ethically and without their normal vindictive mallice.
I believe Leaving the EU will be turned into something of a rough ride by the ignorant and the corrupt but I have no doubt that in the long run Leaving the EU will prove conclusively to be in the best interests of Britain and our true allies. I also believe that Britain leaving the EU will prove to be the catalyst to great changes within the EU and hopefully its democratisation as without great changes it is indubitably doomed.
Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –
It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!
One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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