Theresa May has seen her Brexit withdrawal deal voted down three times in what was a historic defeat in British politics. And with a day to go before the European elections, the latest opinion polls place the Conservatives fourth with just 12 percent of the vote, whilst the Brexit Party storm ahead with 34 percent – according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer undertaken between May 14 and May 16, which surveyed 2,009 UK adults. With the fourth vote on her deal looming, and a hefty space between the Tory’s and the leaders in the EU election polls – why has Mrs May failed to gain Tory support?
The latest opinion polls place the Conservatives fourth with just 12 percent of the vote, whilst the Brexit Party storm ahead with 34 percent.
Meanwhile, Labour is second with 20 percent and Liberal Democrats third with 15 percent.
This is according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer undertaken between May 14 and May 16, which surveyed 2,009 UK adults.
The poll shows things are not looking good for Theresa May, with support for the Prime Minister in decline.
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Among voters who chose Conservative in 2017, two in five think Mrs May should resign immediately.
This has increased from a third (32 percent) since before the local elections in April.
Neil Clothier Head of Negotiations at Huthwaite International, a leading global provider of sales and negotiation development explained to Express.co.uk why support for Mrs May is ebbing away.
Mr Clothier said: “Throughout 2019 we’ve witnessed a phenomenal amount of change in the UK’s political landscape, with MPs defecting from their parties and historic defeats both in the commons and in the polls.
“On an individual basis, we saw Theresa May suffer one of the biggest defeats in the Commons as her Brexit deal was, and has continued to be, voted down by Parliament.
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“And, likewise, on a party-level we have seen the Conservatives lose a devastating 1,300 seats in the UK’s local elections on the 3rd May.
“Whilst many state that Brexit negotiations are to blame, what has become a proven issue throughout is the overwhelming number of mistakes being made throughout the negotiation process, much of which has resulted in a perceived weakening of the UK’s leadership.
“The result of such poor Brexit negotiations has seen Theresa May being perceived as a weak opponent who achieves poor results – causing friction across the board, be it amongst EU leaders of UK constituents.”
Mrs May has had her Brexit withdrawal deal voted down three times, first on January 15, 2019, then again on March 12, and again just 17 days later on March 29.
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The Prime Minister plans to hold a fourth meaningful vote on her deal, offering new concessions such as a temporary customs arrangement and the promise of a vote on a second referendum.
However, she has already has faced a rebuttal, as economists have warned the compromised deal would deliver an £80bn hit to the economy after 10 years.
It has also angered sceptics of Mrs May, with Jacob Rees Mogg and Boris Johnson lashing out at the proposals – calling them “worse” than before.
Mr Clothier explains where Mrs May has gone wrong: “As with many aspects of the business world, in politics, successful negotiations also start with forging great relationships.
“As well as not being a charismatic leader with real people appeal, Mrs May has also arguably failed to provide any sort of suitable fallback – if you have no alternative to fall back on, and the other party knows it, you’re unlikely to get a good deal.
“The danger is that you then may behave accordingly and the power then resides with the other party, which can be used against you in order to trade, negotiate or bully their way to a deal that maybe be less than ideal.
“The EU know that Britain is in disarray and will be more than happy to use this to leverage an outcome that suits its interest – the more pressure applied by the opposition, the more an air of panic can be felt, and in turn lead unskilled negotiators to make concessions when time becomes tight.
“Smart negotiators are fully aware of the alternative possibilities outside of a deal, and if they’re very strategic, will invest time and resources trying to improve the alternative outcomes, without making rash decisions and while simultaneously negotiating the current one.”
“These mistakes have led May to now have to use herself and her role as Prime Minister as leverage in an attempt to pass some form of Brexit deal, a move which smacks of desperation – a poor quality in any negotiator or leader.”
The European Parliamentary elections will take place on Thursday, May 23 with polls will open at 7am.
This will give Britons the chance to have their say on who should represent them in the EU.
But, almost more importantly, the vote is also being hailed as the electorate’s opportunity to voice their opinions on Brexit – and how the deadlock has been handled.
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