By Joe Harker
According to a new poll more of the British public now want a final say on the terms of the Brexit deal than don't.
The poll was conducted by YouGov and Best for Britain, finding that 44 per cent want some sort of final say on the Brexit deal compared to 36 per cent who don't.
Eloise Todd, Chief Executive of Best for Britain, described the poll results as a "turning point" for those who hoped the UK might avoid leaving the EU. She said: "The possibility of Brexit is sharpening the British public's minds, and now there is a decisive majority in favour of a final say for the people of our country on the terms of Brexit.
"The only democratic way to finish this process is to make sure the people of this country - not MPs across Europe - have the final say, giving them an informed choice on the two options available to them: the deal the government brings back and our current terms."
Todd's preferred option would be another referendum on the UK leaving the EU, but the option to leave would be clearly defined as it would represent the Brexit deal worked out in negotiations. One criticism of the referendum was that people voting for Leave didn't know exactly what sort of deal they were voting for, having another one would eliminate that doubt.
That may be good news for fans of Remain, as the poll found that another referendum would see 44 per cent vote to stay in the EU compared to 41 per cent voting to leave.
A number of former politicians have backed calls for another referendum, though at the moment neither the governing Conservative party or opposition Labour back such a measure.
The opposition, with some help from Tory rebels, added an amendment to the Brexit bill that requires the final deal the UK secures in negotiations be subject to a "meaningful vote". Labour hopes that defeating the government on this would force them to go back and renegotiate a deal, but the Tories insist it would just result in the UK leaving the EU in a "no deal Brexit". If that was the case then politicians could shy away from opposing the negotiated Brexit deal as a no deal scenario only benefits the hardest of Brexiteers.
However, while some may hope that there will be another referendum on Brexit it would be unwise to consider it a certainty. It may take a much bigger shift in public opinion to force MPs to push for a second referendum and with the final date of Brexit less than a year away time is on the side of those who want to leave. Much as supporters of Remain will want a smoking gun that gives them a way out of Brexit, this may not be it.