LONDON – Nearly two-thirds of Brits believe MPs should be a given a meaningful vote on a final Brexit deal, a new poll has found.
The poll conducted by BMG for the website Left Foot Forward shows that 61% of people believe MPs should be given the chance to either approve or block any deal reached between British and EU negotiators at the end of Article 50 talks.
The findings come ahead of a Parliamentary debate on Wednesday on whether Theresa May’s government should adopt an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill which would give MPs a meaningful vote on a final deal.
The poll, based on responses collected from 1,509 at the beginning of December, found:
- 35% of Leave voters and 39% of Conservative voters want MPs to have a final say.
- The most supportive group was 18-24-year-olds, with 69% saying there should be a meaningful vote.
- A majority of over-55’s (52%) also said MPs should get a meaningful vote.
The UK government has already agreed to let MPs vote on whatever deal Brexit Secretary David Davis brings back from Brussels.
However, this vote will have no binding effect, and MPs will not block or delay Britain’s exit from the European Union if they choose to vote the deal down.
Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, has led calls from Opposition MPs for Prime Minister May to give MPs meaningful vote on a Brexit deal which would mean she could only a sign a final deal with Parliament’s approval.
The BMG survey also found that a 58% of respondents believed MPs should be given a final vote on Britain’s financial settlement, commonly referred to as the Brexit bill.
The UK government announced last week it had agreed to pay up to £39 billion to cover financial liabilities owed to the EU.
The poll also found that 84% of people believed talks were going “badly” prior to an agreement being reached on the first phase of talks on Friday. Just 2% said they were going very well.
Data published last week found that Leave voters were increasingly pessimistic about Brexit negotiations.
Just 28% of Leave voters believed British negotiators would secure a good deal and just 21% felt that May’s government had handled negotiations well.