The Chequers plan has successfully united some of the most unlikely bed fellows.
Yesterday, Barnier was reported telling eurosceptic MPs that the proposal is dead, unworkable and fundamentally flawed. This month yet more ministers have resigned. Various MPs have said they will vote against the plan.
And now a new poll shows only 18% of Britons think Chequers is ‘good’ for the UK.
Former education secretary Justine Greening suggested the Chequers deal was less popular than the poll tax – a flat tax on every person in the country first imposed in 1989, which led to widespread protests and is often cited as a factor leading to Margaret Thatcher being deposed as Prime Minister.
The new data, published by Sky Data, shows 52% disapprove, Just 18% approve of the deal, while 30% answer don’t know.
‘Chequers is worse than remaining in the EU’
One of the plans most vocal critics, David Davis, claims Chequers is worse than remaining; claiming the plan keeps the UK under EU rule, without any say on those rules.
Davis, who resigned because he could not endorse the Chequers deal, said May’s words amounted to “an incredible open sesame”, arguing the problem with the UK position was that it was “not the last step” for the EU, and Brussels would not accept it.
Davis said he could not vote for a final deal based on Chequers when it comes to parliament for a vote in autumn because it would have been “rather odd for me to resign over something and vote for it”.
He claimed “my old department has been working on a fallback for some time”, saying he believed it was still possible to strike a “free trade-plus” deal based on arrangements the EU has with Canada, South Korea and Australia – although the government has rejected this.