Nearly three-quarters of MPs feel that Theresa May has done a bad job of handling Brexit negotiations, according to a new poll. The annual poll of MPs – conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of The UK in a Changing Europe think tank and the Mile End Institute at the Queen Mary University of London – suggested that the House of Commons has become more polarised over the last 12 months. Read more: Minister dismisses alternative Brexit deal hopes as ‘fantasies’ The results come ahead of the crucial Commons vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal due to take place on 15 January. The vote was originally called off last month to allow the Prime Minister time to seek legal assurances from the EU over the Northern Irish backstop, which ties the UK into a customs union with the EU until a trade deal is in place. Whilst a majority of MPs accepted that there were “difficulties” in finding a solution for the Northern Irish border, 55 per cent of Tory MPs felt that these challenges had been exaggerated, the survey found. Most MPs agreed that continued freedom of movement would contravene the results of the referendum, with 88 per cent… Read full this story
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