A YouGov poll showed that 64% of grassroots members of the Conservative party in a two-option scenario would opt for clean exit from the European Union — that is without any deal on the table. At the same time, only 29% would uphold the agreement, negotiated by the PM after her many trips to the EU.
Given a three-way choice, still more than a half — 57% — said they choose to leave the EU27 without striking any agreement, despite the scenario being potentially disruptive and chaotic.
Theresa May's plan — largely opposed in the Parliament last month — received the backing of merely 23% of Tory MPs, according to the poll. Fifteen percent of Tories said they would prefer to keep Britain in the European Union and not leave at all, while 5 % had no preference.
The House of Commons is set to vote on the current Brexit deal in the week starting 14 January. The PM needs 318 votes to get a deal through the Parliament, yet 117 of her 317 MPs voted against her in a confidence vote on 12 December. Additionally, the PM will have to enlist support of some Labour MPs and the DUP ‘kingmakers.'
However, the DUP's Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said on Friday there is no way Northern Ireland will support Theresa May's Brexit plan.
The Irish backstop is nothing but a "con trick" and farmers and businesses should be totally relaxed about a no-deal Brexit, Wilson added.
The YouGov poll was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.