Saturday 22 July 2017

Almost half of British voters support passport checks between UK and Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster at Government Buildings in Dublin, where they are to discuss Brexit. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster at Government Buildings in Dublin, where they are to discuss Brexit. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

Just 29pc of voters in Britain are opposed to passport checks between the UK and Ireland in the event of a so-called ‘hard’ Brexit, a survey suggests.

About 45pc are in favour of border controls, while around a quarter have no opinion.

And 71pc back reintroducing customs checks on people and goods coming into the UK from the EU. 

The survey of what voters want from the Brexit vote, published today, also found that nine in ten people want the UK to remain part of the single market.

But, seven in ten want to place limits on the number of people from the EU who come to the UK to live and work, according to the study by London-based NatCen Social Research.

Almost three-quarters believe that potential EU migrants should have to apply to come here in the same way non-EU migrants have to do.

Professor John Curtice, Senior Research Fellow at NatCen, said voters feel that the UK’s exit from the EU should necessarily be a choice between a ‘hard’ or a ‘soft’ withdrawal.

“Rather, many back options on both menus. Consequently, the kind of deal that is most likely to prove electorally popular is one that maintains free trade but permits at least some limits on EU migration,” Professor Curtice said.

NatCen Social Research interviewed 1,391 people between 22 September and 24 October, either via the internet or over the phone.

Key findings from the survey include:

Nearly two-thirds (65pc) of all voters, including over half of Leave voters (55pc), think British firms should continue to comply with EU regulations on the design and safety of goods.

Almost two-thirds (63pc) of all voters, including 57pc of Leave supporters, think EU banks should be allowed to do business in the UK in return for UK banks being able to do the same in the EU.

At least seven in ten (71pc), including 55pc of Remain voters, back reintroducing customs checks on people and goods coming into the UK from the EU.

Although less than half (45pc) of all voters in Britain support introducing passport checks between the UK and Ireland, only 29pc are opposed.

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