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Remain MPs are completely split over whether the single market, immigration or the EU budget are the most important priority for Brexit, according to the report by the UK in a Changing Europe and the Mile End Institute.
Less than half of the MPs who voted to remain in the EU now prioritise access to the EU’s single market above regaining control over immigration and ending payments into the EU budget.
In contrast, a whopping 72% of Leave MPs agree that immigration and the EU budget are more important than retaining the best access to the EU’s single market after Brexit.
Professor Anand Menon, director of UK in a Changing Europe, said: “Leavers want to control immigration at all costs.
“Remainers are much more divided over what to prioritise – which may well make them less able to shape the debate.”
The divisions among Remain MPs are evident as the Commons prepares to vote on the Brexit bill that would authorise the use of Article 50 – the steps that kicks of Brexit talks.
As many as a hundred MPs – mainly from the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party (SNP) – are set to vote against the Brexit bill during a historic vote tonight.
Dozens of pro-EU Labour MPs have revealed that they will defy Jeremy Corbyn’s three-line whip for MPs to back the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
Theresa May has said that Britain will leave the EU's single market in order to regain control over immigration and end the supremacy of EU laws.
Ipsos MORI interviewed 101 MPs, between October and December, for survey by the UK in a Changing Europe and the Mile End Institute at the Queen Mary University of London.
The survey, released today, found that 86% of Leave MPs believe that post-Brexit trade deals with the rest of the world will make for any loss of trade with the EU.
But 71% of Remainers think they will not make up for the loss of EU trade after Britain ends its membership of the single market.
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More than half of Leavers think that the state of the British economy will be improved in a year’s time, compared to just 8% of Remainers.
Professor Tim Bale, of Queen Mary University of London, said: “This shows how deeply Brexit has divided parliamentary opinion across a range of issues.
“The divide is not just between those who see the glass half full or half empty; it’s a real divide between panglossians and pessimists.”