Three-quarters of voters say the crisis-hit EU departure process has shown that the current
generation of MPs are “not up to the job”, according to the data from polling firm ComRes.
A root-and-branch overhaul of the country’s entire political system is wanted by a massive 72% of
people quizzed in the survey. But despite the chaos embroiling Brexit, a majority of voters (53%) still want the result of the 2016 EU Leave vote to be honoured by ensuring the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc and do not want a second referendum to be triggered.
By MACER HALL, POLITICAL EDITOR
PUBLISHED: 22:30, Wed, Jan 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 22:48, Wed, Jan 16, 2019
The scathing verdict on the Westminster political elite is delivered today in the ComRes poll of more than 2,000 voters commissioned by the Daily Express.
They were quizzed in the run up to the crushing Commons defeat for Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement earlier this week that has left the Brexit process hanging in the balance.
Their response is almost certain to be seen as a warning from the electorate that Parliament is at risk of losing the public’s trust completely.
Andrew Hawkins, executive chairman of ComRes, said: “Parliamentarians will be alarmed to see the extent to which the Brexit stalemate has damaged the reputation of politics and politicians and is triggering significant support for constitutional change.
“One important legacy of Brexit may well be a clamour for rebooting the wider political system, including electoral and House of Lords reform, scrapping the honours system and more devolution.”
He added: “When the dust settles after Brexit, it will take a long time for Parliament to regain the trust of the wider electorate.
The Prime Minister survived an attempt by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to oust her from office when Tory and Democratic Unionist Party MPs united to back her in a confidence vote in the Commons.
She was poised to reach out MPs from both sides of the Commons in coming days to try to build a new Brexit plan with cross-party support.
But ahead of the latest political maneuvering over Brexit, today’s Daily Express ComRes poll revealed deepening disenchantment with Westminster among the voters as a result of the deadlock over the issue.
Only six per cent of voters agreed that Parliament was “emerging from the Brexit process in a good light”, the Daily Express ComRes poll found. Nearly four out of five (79%) of voters quizzed in the poll disagreed with the statement with very similar feelings among both Tory and Labour voters.
Only 10% thought politicians were in touch with the mood of the country while 74% disagreed. Two thirds (67%) of voters in the survey felt the political system did not enable their voice to be heard.
Less than a third of voters (31%) wanted Brexit cancelled or a second referendum on the UK’s relationship with the EU to be held.
Voters in the survey overwhelmingly wanted a string of radical reforms to overhaul the political system.
A majority (54%) backed reducing the number of MPs in the Commons from 650 to 600, 62% wanted more decisions to be made at a local level rather than in Parliament and 72% wanted a US-style written constitution that set out clear legal rules for how civil servants and ministers should act.
Forty-three per cent wanted more decisions made by national referendums as long as the votes were made legally binding. Twenty -seven per cent opposed the idea.
More than half (52%) also wanted Westminster’s first-past-the-post system for electing MPs to be replaced with “a more proportional voting system while 45% wanted the House of Lords replaced with an elected senate.
The monarchy was one of the only institution in the survey that voters largely wanted to see unchanged. Two-thirds of voters were opposed to the Queen and the monarchy being replaced with an elected president while only 16% disagreed.
Forty-eight per cent of voters in the survey wanted the UK to position itself as the lowest tax, most business-friendly country in Europe after Brexit while 16% disagreed.
A third of voters (33%) supported the idea of a legally-binding limit on national debt “even if it meant sharp spending cuts and tax increases if that limit was reached” while 28% disagreed.
Labour had a narrow two per cent lead over the Tories when voters in the poll were quizzed about their choice in a general election. Jeremy Corbyn’s party were given a 39% share of support while the Tories were on 37%.
The state of the parties was unchanged since the last Daily Express/ComRes poll at the beginning of December.
ComRes surveyed 2,010 British adults on January 14 and 15 for the poll
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