The results of today’s online poll were overwhelming, with almost 75 percent opting for a no deal European Union exit over a second referendum or general election. The Express.co.uk poll, which went live on this website shortly before 11am on Monday, April 8, asked readers if they’d opt for a no deal Brexit, a general election or a second referendum. As of 8pm this evening, an astounding 46,209 readers had voted in the poll, and the results are clear.
What do these options mean?
1) NO DEAL
As things stand, no deal is still the default outcome on April 12 if nothing changes.
But as Mrs May has requested an extension and is due at the EU summit on Wednesday, it’s less likely to happen on that date.
But it could still come about later on if any further extension fails to break the deadlock.
A no deal scenario would see the UK leave the EU with immediate effect, cutting all trade ties.
The default would be to follow World Trade Organization rules to trade with the EU and other countries, while trying to negotiate free-trade deals.
2) SECOND REFERENDUM
Brexit is a complex and multifaceted process which is changing shape on a near-daily basis at the moment.
Calls are growing to allow the public another chance to vote – but exactly what would be on the ballot paper is unclear – a simple yes or no?
Or perhaps the option for a no-deal Brexit or Theresa May’s embattled deal?
As it stands, the decisions are still in the hands of MPs.
3) GENERAL ELECTION
Theresa May could decide the best way out of the deadlock would be to hold an early general election.
She doesn’t have the power just to call an election.
But, as in 2017, she could ask MPs to vote for an early election under the terms of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.
The Labour Party could also prompt a general election if it tabled a motion of no confidence in the Conservative Government.
If passed, this would trigger a two-week scramble to form a new Government, and if that failed, a general election would be held.