For the First Time Most Brits Support 2nd Brexit Referendum, Poll Finds
For the first time the number of UK citizens supporting a second referendum on the terms of Brexit has surpassed the number of those who do not, according to a YouGov poll conducted for The Times.
The survey found that 42% of the Brits think there should be a referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal, where as 40% do not, YouGov announced.
The number of those in favor of a public vote on the terms of the Brexit deal with Europe, still in the making, is the highest since the question the polling agency started using the respective question wording back in April 2017.
Back then, only 31% of the UK citizens supported a second referendum compared with 48% who did not.
“Unsurprisingly, Remain and Leave voters’ views are polar opposites: 66% of Remain voters support a second referendum and 21% oppose, while 66% of Leave voters oppose and 19% support,” YouGov said.
The poll suggested, however, that if the original Brexit vote were to be held a second time, the result would be the same: 45% would favor leaving the EU vs. 42% in favor of staying, according to The Times.
In their June 2016 referendum, a narrow majority of the British citizens voted in favor of Brexit (51.9% to 48.1%).
On March 29, 2017, British Prime Minister May formally triggered Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which deals with exit from the European Union, initiating a two-year process of negotiations.
The actual talks for Brexit between the EU and the UK began on June 19, 2017, about a year after the Brexit referendum was held.
Britain is set to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, which is expected to be followed by 1.5-year-long transition period, until December 31, 2020.
Earlier this week, France’s EU Affairs Minister said the UK could cancel Brexit and remain in the EU on its present terms, should it decide to do so.
Meanwhile, another survey has found that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s approval rating has collapsed to a record low.
According to the Ipsos MORI poll for The Evening Standard published on Friday, fewer than one in three British citizens is happy with May’s work as Prime Minister since the release of her controversial Brexit blueprint, the White Paper of the British government. The approval rating of the ruling Conservative Party has also fallen, from 68% to 55%.
The UK and the EU are aiming at striking a Brexit deal by October 2018 which would allow the British and European Parliaments sufficient time to vote on it.
The deal will decide the future relationship of Britain and Europe after a proposed transition period of 1.5 years comes to an end, on December 31, 2020.
The negotiations have stalled over a number of key thorny issues, with the question of how to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland gathering the most attention recently.
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