A snap poll conducted in the wake of the crushing defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit plan found a 12-point lead for remaining in the EU - the largest margin since the 2016 referendum, the Press Association reports. The YouGov survey of more than 1,000 voters found 56% would now vote to stay in the EU, against 44% who want to leave. Exactly the same proportion of voters said they wanted a second EU referendum - three points higher than recorded in a similar poll before Christmas. Backing for a so-called People’s Vote among Labour supporters stood at 78%.
In a statement on the poll, the Labour MP Chuka Umunna said:
This snap poll shows more than ever why the Government needs to change course and hand this decision on Brexit back to the people.
There is now a clear and expanding majority for staying in the EU and an even bigger one when voters have the chance to look at the real options for leaving.
“The Remain lead, 12 percent, is the highest yet,” Peter Kellner, former president of YouGov, was quoted as saying by the People’s Vote.
In the June 23, 2016 referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 51.9 percent, backed leaving the EU while 16.1 million, or 48.1 percent, backed staying.
Backing for another referendum among Labour Party supporters was at 78 percent, the poll showed.
Peter Kellner, the former president of YouGov, says: "On our tracking question – would people vote Remain or Leave? – the Remain lead, 12%, is the highest yet.
"The proportion saying Remain is up from 48% in 2016 to 56% today; Leave support is down from 52 to 44%. This eight per cent swing is significant.
"It is higher than in any post-1945 election, except for 1997.