Sunday 19 August 2018

UK voters would now back remaining in the EU: poll

Half of UK voters said if talks break down, then the final decision over whether Britain should crash out of the bloc or remain in the EU should be taken by the public. Picture: Reuters
Half of UK voters said if talks break down, then the final decision over whether Britain should crash out of the bloc or remain in the EU should be taken by the public. Picture: Reuters

Sam Lister

British voters would back remaining in the European Union by 53pc to 47pc if a referendum was held now, according to a major poll.

Some 45pc want a say on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations with 34pc opposed, the survey for the People's Vote campaign found.

If talks break down, half of voters said the final decision over whether the UK should crash out of the bloc or remain in the EU should be taken by the public and a quarter said parliament should decide.

Opponents of Brexit said the YouGov study of more than 10,000 adults showed public opinion was shifting.

Peter Kellner, a leading pollster and former president of YouGov, said the findings were "politically significant".

"Across the spectrum, the message from voters in this survey is clear: if the government and parliament can't sort out Brexit, the people should," he said.

Labour voters overwhelmingly said they would back remaining in the EU, some 77pc to 23pc for Leave. Most back a referendum on the exit deal, 63pc compared with 18pc.

Some 73pc of those polled believe many of the promises made by the Leave campaign will be broken and 68pc fear a bad deal, with 64pc ready to lay the blame on the government.

Irish Independent

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