Wednesday 22 November 2017

Remain would win Brexit referendum if held now, poll claims

Arj Singh

The outcome of the Brexit referendum would be reversed if it was held tomorrow, a poll suggests.

The Survation survey showed a clear majority of Britons (54%) would vote to Remain in the European Union if another referendum was held while 46% would back Brexit.

As Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom signalled a more consultative approach, the Survation survey also showed a majority (55%) want a cross-party coalition of parties to negotiate the UK's exit from the EU, compared to less than a third (32%) who think it should fall to the Tory minority Government alone.

But Theresa May (51%) found herself ahead of Jeremy Corbyn (35%) on which leader voters trust more to negotiate the best deal.

However, a majority (36%) said the best outcome would be to stop exit talks altogether and work to stay in the EU, while around a third (32%) backed paying a fee for access to the tariff-free customs union.

Less than a quarter (24%) support the Government's current strategy of leaving the customs union in order to strike free trade deals with other countries, as Labour signalled its strongest backing for staying in the bloc yet.

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However more Britons (47%) oppose a referendum on the final deal than support it (46%).

Meanwhile, the poll showed the Tories (up one on 41%) regaining a one-point lead over Labour (down four on 40%).

But a separate Opinium survey for the Observer showed Labour on 45%, six points ahead of the Tories on 39%.

That poll also showed Mrs May with a net approval rating of -20% following her disastrous general election, with Mr Corbyn on +4%.

  • Survation interviewed 1,017 British adults by telephone between June 28 and 30

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