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No to another Brexit vote - Chron survey.

Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor

YOU, the readers, don't want another Brexit referendum, our exclusive survey has found.

And as MPs prepare for another round of House of Commons votes, we can reveal readers are unimpressed with the way politicians are handling Brexit.

There's also bad news for Theresa May, as we found read ers were pleased her proposed Brexit withdrawal agreement was rejected by MPs.

With fewer than nine weeks to go until Brexit is due to take place on March 29, MPs are still arguing about what sort of deal the UK should get from the EU - and even whether Brexit should go ahead at all.

Many North East MPs are keen to hold a second referen dum, which could lead to Brexit being cancelled.

But our survey found just 35.6% of readers in Northum berland and Tyne & Wear want a second poll, with 45.7% opposed. The remainder said they neither agreed nor disa greed with holding a second referendum.

The most striking result was the lack of trust people have in our squabbling MPs.

We asked readers whether they agreed with the statement: "I have been impressed by the way Westminster politicians have conducted the Brexit debate." Just 5.7% said they did - while 76.7% said they disa greed.

Theresa May's government was hit by a series of resigna tions, with two different Brexit Secretaries quitting her Cabinet because of disagreements over her Brexit policy, as well as a Work and Pensions Secretary and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

MPs overwhelmingly re jected the Prime Minister's pro posed deal, by 432 votes to 202, but seem unable to agree what should happen instead.

And, over the weekend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock refused to deny reports that the Government is ready to impose martial law to deal with public disorder if Brexit leads to short ages of basic goods.

Theresa May's controversial Brexit withdrawal agreement went down badly with our read ers, with just 24.9% saying they wanted their MP to vote for it - and 49.6% saying they didn't.

But there was also bad news for Labour leader Jeremy Cor byn. Just 31.7% backed Labour's call for a general election, with 45.7% saying they disagreed.

There was concern about the prospect of leaving the EU with out a deal, with 43.2% saying they agreed with the statement that "a no-deal Brexit needs to be avoided at all costs", while 32.8% disagreed.

The House of Commons is set for another day of Brexit rows. Around a dozen amend ments had been tabled for dis cussion in advance of a debate today, although it will be up to Speaker John Bercow to decide how many are called.

Prime Minister Theresa May has met Tory MPs and asked them to back an amendment proposed by Sir Graham Brady, Tory MP and chairman of the committee of backbench Con servative MPs, which states that the Commons back the Prime Minister's deal but "requires the Northern Ireland backstop to be replaced with alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border".

This would actually remove part of her original proposed withdrawal agreement - the so called backstop - but in doing so, it could make the agreement more palatable to MPs who voted against it previously.

However, it remains to be seen whether the EU will actu ally agree to any withdrawal agreement without the back stop in it.

Another cross-party proposal could lead to laws banning Theresa May from taking the UK out of the EU on March 29 unless she wins Commons approval for a Brexit withdrawal deal by February 26. Instead, it would require her to ask the EU to delay Brexit for between three and nine months.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 29, 2019
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