New polling has revealed the extent of the split Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy has created in the Labour party.
The referendum asks whether to stay in the EU or leave with a renegotiated deal and the governing party stays neutral in the campaign.
Nearly half of Labour’s 2017 voters who backed Leave in the 2016 referendum think that would represent a bad outcome while almost two-thirds of Labour Remainers would welcome the move.
YouGov polled 3,396 adults in Britain between November 24 - 26.
Mr Corbyn’s approach is actually more popular with 2017 Tory voters who supported Remain in the 2016 referendum, with half of those surveyed viewing it positively.
Brexit policy has been a continuous headache for the Labour leader who has had to balance supporters’ opposing views and tried to define a clear party stance on the issue.
Mr Corbyn has cast his position as being an “honest broker” and said that he would “carry out the result of that (second) referendum”.
In total, 63% of 2017 Labour voters who backed Remain told YouGov the outcome would be either “a very good outcome” or a “fairly good outcome” while a further 18% would view it as “an acceptable compromise”.
But just 36% of Labour Leavers felt the same way. Instead, 33% said it would be a “very bad outcome” and 15% reporting it would be “fairly bad”.
Despite Boris Johnson attacking Mr Corbyn’s neutral stance, 50% of Remain-supporting Tory voters from 2017 would support a second referendum with the governing party being neutral.
81% of 2017 Tory voters who backed Leave said it would be a bad outcome, with just 11% prepared to stomach it.