Voters in Canterbury and Whitstable are less likely to support MP Rosie Duffield if she blocks Brexit in Parliament, according to research by a campaign group.
Global Britain – which is committed to upholding the 2016 referendum result – tested voters’ attitudes towards Brexit as the government scrambles to forge terms on which Britain will depart the European Union.
It found that 43% of those polled think Brexit is the most important political issue of the day and that 59% “believe that, regardless of an MP’s personal views, the way their MP votes in Parliament should respect the referendum result”.
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Global Britain said: “Consequentially, voters say that if the MP blocked Brexit in Parliament and prevented the UK leaving the EU, they would be less likely to provide support at the next election (41%).”
It also found that 53% of those asked to take part in the survey believe politicians should uphold the referendum result while 73% “think that the issue has dragged on long enough and the sooner it is finished the better”.
Ms Duffield campaigned to remain in the European Union in 2016.
She won the Canterbury and Whitstable seat by just 187 votes in June 2017, defeating Conservative Sir Julian Brazier, an ardent Brexiteer.
Ms Duffield has forecast that if the government emerges from the stalled Brexit negotiations without a deal from the European Union, then it would be a disaster for businesses in east Kent.
She said: “Certainly living in Canterbury so close to Dover what I’m worried about is the knock-on effect for the port and the traffic and lorries backing up on the motorway.
“So many businesses are really worried – small and big businesses, breweries in my constituency that export, even Whitstable oysters that export to the continent.”
Independent polling organisation IQ Research carried out the survey on behalf of Global Britain and used “minimum quotas set by age, gender, region, education, occupation, tenure and ethnicity, and data weighted where necessary to ensure it is representative of the constituency”.