Theresa May is facing a battle over Brexit, but her coalition is set to win on the issue, according to the most recent opinion polls.
Theresa’s Conservatives are ahead by five points in the latest poll from the YouGov survey, while Labour are ahead of the Tories by six points.
The polls come after Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, came under fire on Friday after it emerged he was not consulted about his party’s position on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
His comments on the matter came as he defended his party in a press conference at which he was asked about the potential of the UK staying in the single market and customs union, which were the core pillars of his government’s approach to Brexit.
But Labour’s former leader, Keir Starmer, hit out at Mr Corbyn’s comments.
Mr Starmer said Mr Corbyn was “unlikely to have been consulted on the EU withdrawal and its implications”.
“This is what happens when you are an opposition party,” he said.
“The only way to have a successful coalition is to have strong opposition.”
In the latest YouGov poll, Labour are up seven points on the Tories, and Labour are down four on the Liberal Democrats.
They are also ahead of Ukip in a four-way race for the next leadership.
“Jeremy Corbyn is the least informed person in the country and I think it’s quite clear that he hasn’t been consulted in any of the Brexit discussions,” said Mark Preston, director of the Centre for Public Policy and Public Policy Research at the University of Sussex.
“It’s a clear indication of the political mood.”
Labour leader Mr Corbyn, who was appointed as Labour leader in May, is a staunch supporter of the EU, but has said he has no plans to withdraw from the bloc, despite the fact that he has the backing of a majority of MPs in the House of Commons.
The UK has until June 8 to decide whether to stay in the bloc or leave it, with some polls suggesting it could leave as early as 2019.
“There’s no question that the UK would like to be part of the single European market and the customs union and I don’t think it will change our position,” Mr Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
“I would have no difficulty in saying that.
I would be absolutely certain that if we were to leave we would have the same arrangements that we have now.”
Labour’s support for the single EU market is likely to be tested as it seeks to renegotiate trade deals, including its own with the US.
In a recent poll, the US government said it would seek a deal with the UK that would protect the free movement of people.
However, the Conservatives, who were also in government, have said they want to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.
A Labour spokesman said Mr McDonnell’s comments were “incorrect” and he had been clear that “we will always seek to negotiate a better deal for the UK than the EU”.
“He’s not speaking for his party and his party doesn’t have a mandate to be the leader of a government, so there is no point in him getting involved in the Brexit debate,” the spokesman said.