Just 34% of Tory MPs think Theresa May is doing a good job on Brexit
- Credit: Nick Butcher
An annual survey of MPs has found that 70% of MPs believe the prime minister has done a bad job in Brexit talks with the EU.
The survey has also found that just 34% of her own MPs in the Conservative party believe May has done a good job, with almost half (47%) believing she performed poorly.
The results of the survey of MPs, carried out by the UK in a Changing Europe along with the Mile End Institute at the Queen Mary University of London, appears to show a hardening of views in the past 12 months.
More than half (55%) of Conservative MPs think there are still viable solutions to the proposed backstop, and that the difficulties surrounding the Irish border were exaggerated.
Tory MPs remain 'bullish' about the prospects for trade with countries outside the EU after Brexit, with 70% believing the UK will be able to quickly sign deals with major powers such as China and the US.
You may also want to watch:
Brexiteer MPs were highly sceptical about the likelihood of disruption in the event of no deal Brexit in most areas except with the value of sterling and disruption and ports.
44% of those MPs believed sterling would drop, while 32% believed there would be disruption at ports.
- 1 These are the 322 Tory MPs who voted against extending free school meals to children
- 2 Who's on the BBC's Question Time tonight?
- 3 Betty Boothroyd delivers scathing assessment of Boris Johnson's government
- 4 German MEP tells Boris Johnson he 'owes' Britons a Brexit deal as she urged a return to EU trade talks
- 5 Fool's gold? Nigel Farage wants you to invest your trust in his financial advice service
- 6 Tory MP who voted against her own party to support free school meals motion quits government in protest
- 7 'Shameful' Tory minister defends government memo attacking Marcus Rashford's free school meals call
- 8 Political commentator delivers blistering response to Tory backbenchers offended by Angela Rayner's slur
- 9 At the upcoming US election, Donald Trump really is toast
- 10 The harsh truths learned from halt in Brexit talks
A total of 50% of MPs overall believe that medical shortages and a substantial decline in house prices are likely.
Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, said: 'None of this will make easy reading for the prime minister. The attitudes of Leave-voting Tories appear to be hardening rather than softening and they seem amazingly unfazed by the difficulties presented by both the Irish border issue and a no deal Brexit.'
Professor Anand Menon, director of the UK in a Changing Europe, said: 'The House of Commons is clearly very divided. It is hard to see, given the numbers, how the prime minister can get her deal through. That being said, it is hard to see how any outcome can command a majority.'
Best for Britain boss Eloise Todd said: 'The view that the prime minister has done a poor job is not just a view held by MPs but by the rest of the country too.
'Theresa May's Brexit deal is a bad deal, no matter if you voted Leave or Remain.
'Sadly this damning indictment is a widely held view throughout the country as people see politics is in a Brexit gridlock. We must put the question back to the people now we know what Brexit would really mean.'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.