Streeting – Poll of MPs shows no majority in House of Commons for crashing out of Single Market

A new poll of MPs published today by The UK in a Changing Europe has found significant differences between the positions of individual MPs on Brexit, compared to the positions of the Conservative and Labour Party leaderships.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of The UK in a Changing Europe, found that “almost three-quarters of Conservative MPs surveyed (74%) think it would be unacceptable for freedom of movement to continue during a transition period, while 63% oppose the European Court of Justice having jurisdiction in the UK after March 2019…On the other side of the House, 90% of Labour MPs believe single market membership is compatible with Brexit…56% of Labour MPs supported retaining membership of the single market.” The poll also found that 56% of all MPs felt remaining in the Single Market is compatible with respecting the referendum result.  

Wes Streeting MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign said: 

“This new poll of MPs reveals two things: firstly, that the ludicrous rhetoric of the Brexit extremists is increasingly colliding with the reality of what leaving the EU actually entails. At some point, Theresa May will have to stare down the fanatics on her own back benches if she’s going to avoid the chaos of a no-deal Brexit.

“Secondly, it shows there is no majority in the House of Commons for crashing out of the Single Market, which would be a disaster for jobs and our economy. The Prime Minister should take this on board and rub out her ridiculous, self-imposed Brexit red lines before it’s too late.” 

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Notes to editors

The full details of the polling can be read here.