70% of MPs think Theresa May has done a poor job negotiating BREXIT

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By Harriet Line

Almost three quarters of MPs believe Theresa May has done a poor job of negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union, according to a new poll.

The annual survey of MPs, conducted by The UK in a Changing Europe thinktank, and the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London, suggested that the House of Commons has become more polarised in the last 12 months.

More Tory MPs thought she had done a bad job (47%) rather than a good job (34%), according to the research, and 70% thought she had done a poor job of negotiating Brexit.

The survey found that 55% of Conservative MPs thought there were "alternative solutions" to the controversial backstop arrangement to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and that difficulties around the border question have been "exaggerated".

Professor Anand Menon, director The UK in a Changing Europe, said: "The House of Commons is clearly very divided.

"It is hard to see, given the numbers, how the Prime Minister can get her deal through.

"That being said, it is hard to see how any outcome can command a majority."

Professor Tim Bale added: "None of this will make easy reading for the PM: the attitudes of Leave-voting Tories appear to be hardening rather than softening and they seem amazingly unfazed by the difficulties presented by both the Irish border issue and a no-deal Brexit."

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