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Mr Farage said the Prime Minister had presided over “near-anarchy on the Tory benches” as MPs have “deliberately gone against the party’s manifesto and done everything they can to thwart the referendum result”.

Nearly all of 781 councillors polled, 96 percent, agreed that Brexit deadlock had damaged the Conservatives.

Former Tory MP Paul Goodman, the website’s editor, said: “The second postponement of Brexit and the talks with Jeremy Corbyn are undoubtedly huge contributors to this lamentable rating.”

The Tory group on Derbyshire County Council has said it will not campaign for the party in the European elections on May 23.

Barry Lewis, who has led the Derbyshire authority since May 2017, said: “We were promised, following the largest public mandate a UK Government has ever received, that we would be out by March 29.

Britain is obliged to elect 73 MEPs to the European Parliament if it has not left by polling day and they will sit until the country leaves on October 31 or the EU divorce deal is ratified in the Commons.

Election experts Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher say the Conservatives “look certain” to to lose 500 council seats in local election on May 2 but the scale of the loss could be as high as 1,000.

Leading American pollster Frank Luntz said Tory supporters are also staunchly opposed to plans for the High Speed 2 rail link between London and the north.

A memo he drew up that is being circulated among senior party figures found “revulsion” at the project, due to run to Birmingham then on to Manchester and Leeds, cutting through swathes of Tory heartlands.

The research suggests party members are more likely to back a leadership candidate who pledged to scrap the rail link. Mrs May promised to quit if her Brexit deal was passed by MPs, but the move failed to win over enough support.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, is reportedly ready to tell the Prime Minister that 70 percent of Tory MPs now want her to resign and the executive of the group is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss changing the leadership rules.

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