More than half of Leave voters in the 2016 referendum would support Boris Johnson if he broke the law to ensure the UK leaves the EU by October 31, a poll has suggested.
The Prime Minister is reportedly setting himself up for an explosive Supreme Court battle over a no-deal Brexit.
A law drafted by Opposition figures demanding the Brexit deadline is extended to January 2020 to avoid Britain leaving the European Union without a deal is expected to receive Royal Assent this week.
But the Prime Minister is threatening to disobey the terms and push ahead with his plan to keep no-deal on the table when he meets fellow leaders at the European Council summit on October 17.
A YouGov survey of 1640 adults from across the UK found that 52% of Leave voters think the Prime Minister should break the law by refusing to ask the EU for a Brexit deadline extension.
Only 28% put the law before the Brexit deadline, while the remaining 21% said they didn’t know what he should do.
Among the public as a whole the two sides are almost reversed, with 50% of Britons preferring Johnson to abide by the law compared to 28% who would want him to break it.
Half (50%) of those who voted for the Conservative party in 2017 would want the Tory leader to flout the law and refuse to ask the EU for a Brexit deadline extension – only a third (34%) see it as more important for the leader of the nation to operate within the law.
By contrast, 77% of Remain voters, 76% of Lib Dem voters and 69% of Labour voters all say that Johnson should refrain from breaking the law on this matter.