Almost eight in 10 believe Parliament is in desperate need of reform and 74 percent believe it is not fit for the 21st century. Seven in 10 think it fails to reflect the nation’s views and three-quarters believe that, internationally, it does not show Britain in a good light. A ComRes survey, carried out for the Sunday Express, found that almost six in 10 say it has not respected the 2016 referendum result – causing Brexiteers to blame the lack of trust in MPs on the failure to leave the EU.
This polling shows the contempt the people now hold politicians in, and they are right to feel that way
Last night Nigel Farage told the Sunday Express: “This polling shows the contempt the people now hold politicians in, and they are right to feel that way.”
A Downing Street source said: “It is tragic that the deadlock brought about by those who want to cancel the referendum result has had such a chilling effect on our trust in parliamentary democracy.
“It’s clear that the British people have lost confidence in Parliament.”
However, the poll also showed that Remain voters were fed up with MPs, with 73 percent of them saying Parliament is in desperate need of reform, compared to 85 percent of Leavers.
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The results also show that 73 percent of all voters believe that Parliament does not attract the brightest and best, and that as an institution it puts political point-scoring above the interests of the country.
“To say that Parliament is in desperate need of an overhaul is a gross understatement,” said ComRes’s chairman Andrew Hawkins.
In a boost to Boris Johnson, 59 percent agreed there should be an election if the Labour/Remainer “surrender bill” to force another extension of EU membership succeeds.
A majority of supporters of all the main parties agreed.
But 41 percent believed the Prime Minister should resign immediately if an extension happens, with 31 percent opposing.
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In the week that John Bercow announced he is to step down as Speaker, the findings are a damning indictment of his decade-long tenure and confirm that the divide between Parliament and the people is at crisis point.
It follows a shambolic end to Parliament which saw anti-Brexit MPs singing songs and waving placards in the chamber.
Last week, BBC Question Time audience member Charlie Neil received an ovation when he told panellists: “You’ve had three years and three months, and you’ve done nothing but argue among yourselves like little kids.
“You’ve got no respect for each other and you’ve got no respect for the British people. Just go away.”
ComRes’s Mr Hawkins said that the disillusionment was sparked by Parliament’s failure to deal with those trying the thwart the 2016 Brexit result.
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But it had since spread to all parts of the political spectrum.
He added that it would boost Boris Johnson’s hopes of success in a “people versus Parliament election”.
He said: “It is no exaggeration to describe the public mood towards Parliament as being at crisis point.
“Views towards Parliament have grown progressively more negative since 2016, driven initially by Leave voters frustrated at what they feared were attempts by Remain-supporting MPs to frustrate the referendum result.
“However, Remain voters have now turned hostile, to the point where the vast majority feel that Parliament is not putting Britain in a good light internationally, that it is not representative of the nation’s views and is putting political point-scoring before the interests of the country.
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“To say that Parliament is in desperate need of an overhaul is a gross understatement: just seven percent, or one in 14, British adults think that ‘Parliament works well and is fit for the 21st Century’.
“No other institution could survive being as unpopular with the public but, from John Bercow’s unapologetic defence of Parliament last week, there seems little scope of significant change during this parliament.”
Writing for the Sunday Express today, Deputy Speaker Dame Eleanor Laing, one of the front-runners to succeed Mr Bercow, has made a barely veiled attack on the current Speaker’s record.
She warned that “faith in our finely balanced democracy has been badly rattled”. Dame Eleanor said it was extraordinary the Speaker is “totally unaccountable” and suggested that checks and balances may need to apply in the future.
She stressed the importance of respecting “rules and conventions”, and warned of the potential for public anarchy.
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She said: “If the way in which a law is made is thought to be unfair, people will not respect that law and will be reluctant to obey it. That way lies anarchy.”
Stating that “discourtesy and arrogance are deplorable”, Dame Eleanor added: “All Members of Parliament should show respect for one another. Equally, we must all respect those who elect us and the decisions they entrust to us.
“That, of course, includes the result of the 2016 referendum!”
The ComRes survey of 2,057 people revealed strong backing for an election if Parliament succeeds in delaying Brexit until January 31, putting pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his alliance of Remain par ties to relent and stop blocking a general election.
According to the results, 61 percent of Conservative voters, 74 per cent of Labour supporters, seven in 10 Lib Dem voters and 52 percent of Brexit Party voters all support a general election being called.
Seven in 10 Remain voters also would support calling an election if Brexit is delayed, as do three in five of those who voted Leave in 2016.
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However, in a week where Downing Street strongly rejected overtures for a Brexit alliance with Nigel Farage the poll showed that the Tories can only win with Brexit Party support.
The findings had the Conservatives on 28 percent, just one point ahead of Labour on 27 per cent.
The Lib Dems are on 20 percent and Brexit Party is on 13 per cent.
It comes as a survey by the Bow Group, the oldest Conservative think tank, of more than 2,000 Tory voters reveals that 90 percent want an electoral pact between the Tories and Brexit Party, while 93 percent want a nodeal Brexit.
Bow Group chairman Benjamin Harris-Quinney said: “It’s a time to put petty differ ences aside and form an unstop pable Brexit coalition to take us out of the EU by November.
“If Boris can’t even unite the Brexit movement he will never unite the country.”
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Mr Johnson is facing another Tory grassroots revolution, with 35 senior association of officers signing a letter supporting the Conservative Campaign Democracy’s demand that the local parties are given the power to pick candidates.
It comes amid concerns that maverick Remainers such as Dominic Grieve and the other 20 rebels who were sacked earlier this month for refusing to back the Government may be allowed back into the party and even be reinstalled as candidates at the next election.
The letter says: “It is no secret that relations between CCHQ (Conservative Campaign HQ) and associations are at an all time low.
“CCHQ can fix this by returning the power they took away from associations to decide who their Conservative candidate is and making sure the process is more transparent and democratic, instead of imposing CCHQ’s favoured candidates on them.”