Brexit breakthrough: Most Britons see no improvement in May’s latest plan, poll finds


More than half of Britons think Theresa May’s new Brexit deal has not improved on the previous one which was rejected by parliament.

A Sky News poll found 42% of people thought it had made “no real difference”, while 6% said it had made it “a little worse” and 5% “a lot worse.”

Almost a quarter, 23%, felt the new terms, worked out in late-night negotiations in Strasbourg on Monday, improved a little on the earlier plan and a further 10% that it had improved it a lot.

Even more troubling for the prime minister, 43% of those surveyed think MPs should reject it when they vote on it later on Tuesday.

The margin, however, was small, with 41% wanting their representatives to support the deal.

Theresa May called the amendments “legally binding changes” following her last-ditch talks with senior EU figures and urged MPs to “back the improved Brexit deal”.

The prime minister said she had set out a timetable to negotiate border solution arrangements, allowing the UK to avoid using the “insurance” of the backstop.

In a tweet, Mr Juncker warned MPs: “The choice is clear: it is this deal, or Brexit may not happen at all. Let’s bring the UK’s withdrawal to an orderly end. We owe it to history.”

As the crucial vote approaches, the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, has told MPs the legal risk of the UK being stuck in the backstop after Brexit “remains unchanged”.

The DUP, whose support is vital to the prime minister’s chances of winning the vote, reportedly will not back it.

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Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,092 Sky customers by SMS on 12 March 2019. Data are weighted to the profile of the population. Sky Data is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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