UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to take the country out of the European Union are overwhelmingly opposed by the British public, according to a new poll.
The YouGov survey conducted for The Sunday Times newspaper further highlighted the embattled PM’s political vulnerability as only 16 percent of voters said she was handling Brexit well.
This is while 34 percent of British voters thought Boris Johnson, who recently stepped down as UK's foreign minister over Brexit differences, would do a better job with the divorce.
This is bad news for May, who has been struggling to regain his party’s full support for negotiating a deal with the EU and leading the Conservative Party into the next election with a little more than eight months to go before the Brexit deadline arrives on March 29, 2019.
May’s plans to keep a close trading relationship with the EU after Brexit has divided the British parliament and pushed her own government into crisis.
This became clear earlier this month after Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis left their jobs.
The YouGov poll found that only one in 10 British voters would pick May’s proposed Brexit plans should there be a second referendum while almost half thought her plans would be bad for their country.
Interestingly, the supposed break from May’s policies did not necessarily push voters towards the Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who has been pushing for a more amicable exit that gives Britain more powers.
According to the survey, 38 percent of Britons said they would vote for a new right-wing party that was committed to Brexit, while around 25 percent favored an explicitly far-right party that was anti-immigrant and anti-Islam.
There are reports that Brexit campaigner and former leader of the UKIP party, Nigel Farage, has discussed forming a new right-wing movement with US President Donald Trump’s former adviser, Steve Bannon.