Majority of Britons support 'Brexit by any means': Poll

Boris Johnson faces three broad options when parliament returns in September - a Brexit deal, no deal, and/or a general election.
In this photo taken on March 29, 2019, pro-Brexit protesters gesture and wave flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain.
In this photo taken on March 29, 2019, pro-Brexit protesters gesture and wave flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - A majority of Britons believe British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must take Britain out of the European Union "by any means", even if that involves suspending parliament, an opinion poll conducted for the Daily Telegraph said on Monday (Aug 12).

Johnson has promised to lead Britain out of the EU on Oct 31 regardless of whether he manages to secure an exit deal with Brussels, despite many in parliament being opposed to leaving without a deal.

A ComRes opinion poll showed 54 per cent of respondents said they agreed with the statement: "Boris (Johnson) needs to deliver Brexit by any means, including suspending parliament if necessary, in order to prevent MPs (Members of Parliament) from stopping it." Johnson is seeking a deal with the EU but has not ruled out suspending parliament to prevent lawmakers' attempts to block a no-deal exit.

The poll showed 46 per cent disagreed with the statement. The result was based on the answers of 1,645 respondents, after those who said they did not know their preference had been excluded.

The same survey found support for the Conservative Party had risen by 6 percentage points to 31 per cent, compared with 27 per cent who said they would back the opposition Labour Party. That result was based on 1,783 responses.

That finding is largely in line with other polls showing an increase in support for the Conservatives since Johnson took over from Theresa May, who formally quit last month having failed to deliver Brexit on schedule.