The Queen has spoken but what do we all think?
by Rhian Coekin, Senior Consultant

After what has been dubbed ‘the maddest, most pointless Queens speech anyone alive has watched…’, we reflect upon our latest Daily Express poll over the weekend to help you get to grips with how the public are currently feeling and who they hold responsible for the madness:

1. When it comes to who the British public think would make the best Prime Minister… Boris wins with 38% of adults supporting him.

2. Jeremy Corbyn does not fare so well with only 17% of the British public saying he would make the best Prime Minster and, worryingly for Labour, only two in five of their own 2017 voters think their leader is fit for the job (41%).

3. When it comes to Boris’ renegotiated Withdrawal Agreement, more adults support than oppose it (32% vs 27%) – these figures aren’t exactly a stomping endorsement but two in five do consider it a reasonable compromise and think the EU should accept it (38%).

4. So, what about a no-deal you say? Well the British public are more likely to agree than disagree that if the EU rejects Boris’ deal, the UK should leave on the 31st without a deal (44% agree vs 39% disagree) but the same proportion say they would be prepared to accept a short term economic hit as a price for having a No Deal Brexit (39%) as those who say a No Deal Brexit is totally unacceptable to them (40%).

5. Surely we’re on for a general election then? Well, only three in ten British adults agree that Opposition MPs were right to try and stop a general election (31%), but half of those intending to vote Labour (52%) and three in five of those intending to vote Lib Dem (60%) agree that their MPs are doing the right thing.

6. Is there anything we agree on? …the only thing the British public can agree on is that once Brexit is over, the UK needs a major constitutional overhaul (71%).

7. And who will they blame for this disorderly mess? Approaching nine in ten (85%) of the British public hold parliament generally responsible if the UK’s departure from the EU is extended beyond 31st October. This chimes with other polling which shows only six percent think parliament is emerging from the Brexit process in a good light.

The British electorate looks to be exasperated with the choices at their disposal, and completely split on the next steps. If they’re made to make some choices, expect the unexpected…