Members of the UK’s biggest trade union strongly support a referendum on the Brexit deal, according to a new poll which delivers a blow to Jeremy Corbyn.
A YouGov survey of almost 1,000 Unite members found they support a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal by a margin of 57 to 34 per cent.
Almost one-quarter (24 per cent) of those who voted Leave agreed with this demand.
Support for a People’s Vote was even stronger north of the border where members of the Len McCluskey-led union backed a second poll by a margin of 70 per cent to 25 per cent.
Corbyn’s failure to support a second vote has frustrated many within the Labour Party. His absence from the recent People’s Vote demonstration in London led to activists shouting: “Where’s Jeremy Corbyn?”
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has also come under fire from Remainers who criticise him for not advocating a soft enough Brexit.
Two-thirds of Unite members said they did not trust the UK Labour leader very much on Brexit. They also said they opposed the approach taken by Labour by a margin of 52 to 29 per cent.
The poll also disclosed that most Unite members prefer prioritising free trade with the EU to limiting immigration by a margin of more than two to one – 61 to 30 per cent.
They believe Britain will be worse off outside the Single Market by a margin of 58 to 21 per cent.
Baroness Margaret Prosser, a former deputy general secretary of the old T&GWU which merged into Unite, said: “This is not about playing games in Westminster but about real lives that are going to be affected by Brexit.
“There are growing calls for a People’s Vote on a final Brexit deal and they go far beyond traditional party politics.”