A poll by ComRes has revealed that a majority of voters believe Parliament is trying to stop the UK leaving the EU, the results coming after the Remain-dominated House of Commons succeeded in a power-grab to take control of the Brexit process from the government.
In findings published by The Telegraph Monday night, 55 per cent believe Parliament is “determined to block Brexit,” that figure including 38 per cent of Remain voters and 87 per cent of Leavers. Fewer than one in five (19 per cent) disagree.
The poll of 2,030 adults also found that a large minority (41 per cent) believe that instead of delaying Brexit the UK should make a clean break of the bloc, leaving on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms, while just 28 per cent disagreed with that view.
Voters also think that failure to deliver Brexit by revoking Article 50 could damage British democracy, by 53 per cent, while 20 per cent said they would never vote again if lawmakers attempt to stop Brexit.
Our new polling shows 41% agree that instead of delaying Brexit, Britain should just leave to trade on WTO rules on March 29th, compared to 28% who disagree.
It is now up to MPs to take us out on WTO rules. pic.twitter.com/CptjGnqFCE
— Leave Means Leave (@LeaveMnsLeave) March 26, 2019
The results follow another ComRes poll over the weekend which revealed that while 35 per cent of voters believe “the UK should stay in the EU and abandon the process to leave,” 24 per cent believe the UK should leave as scheduled on March 29th on WTO terms without a deal; 14 per cent believe the UK should leave on March 29th with “a new deal negotiated by the government and the EU”; and 12 per cent believe the UK should leave on Friday with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement as it is.
Adding all leave-supporting positions together, 50 per cent of those polled back some form of leaving the EU — a 15 point lead over those who want to stay in the EU.
Another poll released Monday for Brexit campaign group Leave Means Leave published by The Sun found that the petition to cancel Brexit, much publicised in the mainstream media, is considered “irrelevant” by 52 per cent of people compared to the vote to leave the European Union in June 2016, the largest political mandate in British political history.
The petition passed the five million mark on Sunday, becoming the most signed petition in the House of Commons, but even 28 per cent of Remainers stated that the petition, which is open to abuse by foreign actors, fake signatories, and can be signed multiple times by the same person, is still meaningless.
“I signed it three times in the names Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier.”
Leave Means Leave’s Steven Edginton says the online petition to revoke Article 50 is “so open to abuse, I used three fake emails – I did it within five minutes.” #C4News pic.twitter.com/QyeM0DsiH1
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) March 22, 2019
The establishment media also gushed over the People’s Vote march — which is pushing for a second referendum — quoting liberally in headlines from organisers that “one million people” were protesting to overturn a democratic mandate on Saturday.
Fact-checkers Full Fact assess that “There almost certainly weren’t a million people on the People’s Vote march,” saying that experts in crowd estimation put the number at as low as less than one third of People’s Vote estimates.
Crowd science specialist Professor Keith Still from Manchester Metropolitan University told Wired, “Based on the visuals from the helicopter image, it’s between 312,000 and 400,000 people.”
London’s Metropolitan Police told Full Fact that “We do not confirm crowd figures for marches or protests,” with figures being left to come from estimations by event organisers instead.
Many readers asked us to check the claim that 1 million people attended the People’s Vote march on Saturday.
Almost certainly not. Experts in crowd modelling told @WiredUK they estimated the figure was somewhere between 312,000 and 400,000.https://t.co/Bkci5uALc1
— Full Fact (@FullFact) March 25, 2019
BBC uncritically repeating organisers’ claims that a million marched today. Last time the organisers exaggerated by 450,000 https://t.co/El05aEy63S
— Tim Montgomerie (@montie) March 23, 2019
“One person is drinking tea” https://t.co/bz8oP9i0ai
— Evening Standard (@EveningStandard) March 23, 2019
People’s Vote march ‘too big to ignore’, organisers warn MPs https://t.co/gmyTNKPhR0
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 24, 2019
‘One million people’ march in London to demand second EU referendum https://t.co/nEMwBuAejP
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 23, 2019
‘One million’ protesters join historic march for second referendum, telling MPs: ‘Give the decision back to the people’ #FinalSay https://t.co/WY1qSRyVsI
— The Independent (@Independent) March 23, 2019