The latest LabourList survey has shown our readers to be divided over the key questions of the day – the timing of an early election, trigger ballots in local parties and Labour’s Brexit policy – just as the parliamentary party and country is split on these issues.
Last week, Jeremy Corbyn whipped MPs to abstain on Boris Johnson’s early election motion as the Benn Bill – the backbench proposed legislation designed to prevent an October 31st no deal – had not yet become law.
This is one of the few matters on which readers expressed a clear view: 85% agreed with the Labour leader’s decision, and a further 6.7% thought he should have actually whipped against an election at that point.
Opposition MPs are set to deny Johnson an election again when another motion requiring two-thirds approval is brought by the government today. The debate continues over whether Labour is right to wait until the Benn Bill is implemented, rather than simply passed as is expected today, to help trigger an election.
Asked about the party’s first preference for the timing of a snap poll, the most popular option among respondents to the survey – with almost half choosing it – was an election after October 31st, Johnson’s “do or die” Brexit deadline.