One in six Labour members surveyed said they had considered quitting the party over leader Jeremy Corbyn's fence-sitting approach to Brexit | Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images
UK Labour support to crash if it supports Brexit: poll
Three in four Labour members want a second Brexit referendum.
By Ryan Heath
Updated 1/6/19, 11:47 AM CET
The U.K. Labour party may face an electoral wipeout if its members of Parliament back Theresa May’s Brexit deal, rather than a second referendum on EU membership. That’s according to a new YouGov opinion poll of 25,537 Britons commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign, which supports continued EU membership for U.K.
The poll, conducted over the Christmas and New Year holiday break, rates Labour’s vote share at 34 percent, six points behind the Conservatives. That support could drop to 26 percent — lower than Labour has scored at any general election in the past century — if Labour MPs help Theresa May’s deal through Parliament.
The poll also found that 75 percent of Labour supporters and a small majority of voters overall prefer a second referendum over letting MPs make the final decision on Brexit.
An earlier poll, conducted in the lead up to Christmas, by Queen Mary University and the University of Sussex, found that up to 88 percent of Labour members would support continued EU membership if a second vote took place.
One in six Labour members surveyed said they had considered quitting the party over leader Jeremy Corbyn’s fence-sitting approach to Brexit.