The Brexit Party rose to prominence amidst growing frustration around former prime minister Theresa May’s leadership, winning Tory supporters with its promise of a clean Brexit. However, polls now show support has swung back to the Tories under Boris Johnson – and more Leavers now want a Brexit deal than none at all.
According to the latest set of polls from YouGov, Leave voters now prefer the option of Boris Johnson’s deal to no deal at all.
The poll was conducted between October 17 and 18, and polled 1,609 British adults.
Of the Leave voters who were familiar with the details of the deal, the poll showed two thirds – 67 percent – think Parliament should vote to accept the new Brexit deal.
And Leave voters now prefer Boris Johnson’s deal over a no deal, 48 to 33 percent.
Mr Farage said the deal was “95 percent the same as Mrs May’s” and “the second-worst deal in history”.
He told Sky News: “I want a general election, so an extension for a few weeks into which we can have a general election is a much better outcome than signing up to a treaty that becomes part of international law that binds us in foreign policy and in many, many other areas.
“We are going to have to be on a level playing field with the rest of Europe which means we still haven’t taken back control of our laws – this is not Brexit.”
However, supporters of the Brexit Party were quick to criticise the stance.
On social media, one said Mr Farage “clearly doesn’t want to leave”, accusing him of enjoying the “luxurious lifestyle” of an MEP.
Another wrote: “I’m a fan Nigel, but I think it’s time to back this deal. No deal will never happen.”
Another agreed: “I love you Nige but we need this deal now, it gets us out on most fronts, and even I have to admit Ireland’s an issue that needs some compromise.”
One supporter said he believed Mr Farage was “tactically wrong”, and said that “if we hold out for the perfect Brexit I fear we will get nothing”.