Brexit: Ben Habib urges UK to 'pull the plug' on negotiations
The UK formally left the EU back in January this year and negotiations have been gridlocked over issues such as fishing, governance and the so-called level playing field. The transition period is set to end on December 31 with or without a deal in place.
Since the historic Brexit vote in June 2016, Remainers have demanded another referendum, as well as calling for an extension to the transition period with the EU.
But now, any hopes of reversing the process have likely been dashed in a new poll by Kantar Public.
The poll – which took place on December 10-14 – asked: “If a new referendum was held on EU membership, how would you vote?”
Support to stay out of the EU rose by five points since the last poll in November 5-9, bringing the total to 52 percent.
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But those who voted to rejoin the EU dropped by five points (48 percent) since the previous poll.
This comes after years of Remainers urging the Government to hold a second referendum.
Last week a Tory MP demanded Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign if he fails to reach a Brexit trade deal.
Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thant, broke ranks with his party and called on Mr Johnson to stand down if he fails to deliver on his Brexit promise.
He wrote on Twitter: “If Mr Johnson. Fails to reach an acceptable trade agreement with the EU the Prime Minister will also have failed the people of the United Kingdom.
“As a lifelong member of the Conservative party, I believe that Mr Johnson’s position as Prime Minister would be untenable.
“As an honourable man, he would have to make way for somebody more able to pick up the pieces, to re-unite the whole country and to show the leadership that Great Britain and Northern Ireland deserves.”
David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister following the 2016 referendum after he supported staying within the bloc.
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His successor, Theresa May also decided to step down after admitting her failure in being able to deliver Brexit.
Mr Johnson so far has failed to break the Brexit deadlock throughout negotiations.
Now talks are in a critical stage with Lord Frost and Michel Barnier trying to break the deadlock.
Fishing remains a huge issue in negotiations, with Britain hoping to reclaim its waters after the end of the transition period.
But if a deal is not agreed, Mr Johnson has said the UK will leave on WTO terms.
Speaking from No 10, Mr Johnson insisted the country can “certainly cope” with any difficulties caused by moving on to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules from January 1.
He said: “The position is unchanged. There are problems.
“It is vital everybody understands that the UK has got to be able to control its own laws completely and also that we have got to be able to control our own fisheries.
“And it remains the case that WTO terms would be more than satisfactory for the UK and we can certainly cope with any difficulties that are thrown our way.”
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