Jeremy Corbyn would be ‘incompetent’ Brexit negotiator, Sky Data poll finds – UK


Jeremy Corbyn would be “incompetent” in Brexit negotiations with the EU, a majority of people think.

A Sky Data poll found 22% of people thought the Labour leader would be competent to negotiate Brexit, compared to 71% who thought he would be incompetent.

The figure was slightly more positive for Labour when asked if the party would be competent in striking a deal with Brussels.

A quarter of people – 25% – agreed Labour would be competent, while 68% said it would be incompetent.

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It comes as delegates at the party’s autumn conference in Liverpool prepare to vote on keeping open the option of holding a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

Sir Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary, will say in a speech that Labour will vote against the government’s Brexit deal.

He argues that “the party that once promised to fix the roof while the sun was shining now seems intent on burning the whole house down”.

Sir Keir Starmer says Labour are not ruling out an option to vote to remain in the EU
Sir Keir Starmer says Labour will vote against the final Brexit deal

But it comes amid low ratings for Mr Corbyn from the public.

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Around 69% of people said they were less attracted to Labour by him, compared to 15% who were more attracted, the Sky Data poll found.

Mrs May also has a 21% lead over him in a run-off question on who people would prefer to be prime minister. 31% replied don’t know.

EU and Union flags together
Labour delegates are due to vote on pushing for another Brexit referendum

When asked who they would be more likely to vote for in the imaginary scenario where centrist anti-Brexit MPs had split from Labour, 15% said Labour, while 34% said a new party. 51% said neither.

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Some 25% said they were satisfied with Mr Corbyn as Labour leader, compared to to 71% who were dissatisfied.

Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,019 Sky customers by SMS on 12 September 2018. Data are weighted to the profile of the population. Sky Data is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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