We wanted to find out not only our panel members’ snap view of the Brexit negotiation plan agreed at Chequers on Friday, but whether they support it or not.
After all, one might think it would be a bad deal for Britain, if implemented, but still back it, perhaps out of Party loyalty. (We’re not expressing a view on such a stance; merely pointing out that it’s possible.)
But at any rate, there’s next to no difference between the two findings. Three in five panel members think the plan would represent a bad deal for Britain if implemented, and the same proportion don’t support it.
That breakdown is strikingly similar to the Leave/Remain findings of the old survey before the EU referendum. We watched the results come in yesterday and they scarcely flickered from these totals at any point. This is an emphatic thumbs-down for the proposals.
It’s worth noting both that they poured in despite being the survey being sent on on a Saturday (and one on which England were contesting a World Cup quarter-final), and at a time when Downing Street’s push for the plan was dominating the media.
For reference: this is the same panel, almost to the man, that relegated Jacob Rees-Mogg to fourth in last month’s Next Tory Leader survey; that put Sajid Javid, a former Remainer, at its top, and which voted seven to three for May’s interim deal last December.