PRESELI-Pembrokeshire’s MP has said he would not support a second referendum on Brexit following a survey which revealed voters in the county are now behind plans for a People’s Vote.

According to an opinion poll carried out on behalf of the People’s Vote campaign, a majority of Stephen Crabb’s constituents are against the government’s Brexit plans, want their say in a People’s Vote and would now vote to stay in the European Union.

But the MP has said a second referendum would cause more harm than good in his opinion.

“I do not support a second referendum. It would be incredibly divisive for our society and would settle nothing,” said Stephen Crabb MP.

The poll of 535 voters was conducted independently by Populus and YouGov for the People’s Vote campaign at the start of December.

It found 60% of voters in the constituency want Mr Crabb to vote against the deal when it is put to MPs this month.

According to the survey, 52% of voters in Preseli-Pembrokeshire now back the idea of holding a public vote on Brexit.

That increases to 67% of voters when given the choice of a People’s Vote or leaving the EU without a deal.

Mr Crabb described the referendum on leaving the EU as one of the largest democratic votes ever taken in the UK and said 86% of voters in his constituency voted for parties which stood on a manifesto of implementing the Brexit referendum result in the 2017 general election.

In 2016, Preseli-Pembrokeshire voted by a margin of 55-45% to leave the European Union. But people would now vote by a margin of 52-48% to remain in the EU according to the survey.

The MP said the poll was not representative of what he saw when meeting with constituents.

“The majority of local people I meet and speak to in Pembrokeshire just want this sorted out and for politicians to resolve this. There are so many other pressing issues that are not being dealt with right now,” said Mr Crabb.

He added he remained optimistic for the future of the UK, but added: “here in Pembrokeshire our ferry ports, oil refining and farming will be affected by the type of Brexit that gets agreed and we should be under no illusions that a no-deal Brexit would present these sectors with significant challenges.”

In the Senedd, Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has started the New Year by warning of the unthinkable crisis a no-deal Brexit would cause.

Mr Drakeford said: “It is deplorable that 2019 opens with an unmistakable crisis over Brexit.

“The UK Government has never attempted to build a cross-party consensus for its strategy and has never seriously tried to agree an approach to the negotiations with the devolved administrations. As a result, we are only 81 days away from crashing out of the EU without a deal.”

Mr Drakeford cited the Welsh Government’s white paper Securing Wales’ Future as a sane and rational approach to leaving the EU.

MPs will vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal next week after several days of debates. The issue of the Irish backstop remains a stumbling block.