Nearly half of UK voters back no-deal Brexit and no PM Corbyn, poll finds

More people polled were actually in favor of accepting the deal negotiated with the EU than were against | Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Nearly half of UK voters back no-deal Brexit and no PM Corbyn, poll finds

Poll is setback for Labour leader’s plan to oust the government.


8/17/19, 5:46 PM CET

Updated 8/17/19, 5:54 PM CET

Almost half of British voters would prefer the country to leave the European Union without a Brexit deal and Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn not to become prime minister, according to a YouGov poll.

When asked to choose between that scenario and one in which Corbyn becomes the country’s next leader and holds a second referendum on Brexit, just over a third backed the option that could see Britain remain in the EU.

Nearly one in five people said they remain undecided.

The poll represents a setback for Corbyn’s plan to create a cross-party coalition to fight the government’s plan to leave the EU with or without a deal on October 31.

The Labour leader is trying to convince others to call a no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson, the country’s current prime minister, and install Corbyn as the U.K.’s interim leader until a new general election can be called.

Corbyn on Saturday reiterated his intention to lead a caretaker government if Johnson is ousted. “I am the leader of the Labour Party, Labour is the largest opposition party by far. That is the process that must be followed,” he told ITV News.

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