A recent survey has seen Sixty-five per cent of people backing a vision of a dynamic economy “focused on building strong international trade links” following next year’s departure from the EU. Almost half of voters polled would be prepared to see some form of economic contraction “in order to complete Brexit properly” according to the poll.
ComRes interviewed just over 2,000 UK adults online over the weekend in a survey for the Daily Express who said:
Its findings are likely to be seized upon by MPs arguing that Brexit should signal a radical break with the past rather than leaving the country permanently tied to EU rules and regulations.
Senior Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has been leading calls at Westminster for a decisive break with Brussels, said: “The politicians ought to listen more to the wisdom of electors rather than thinking the establishment knows best.”
Only 13% of voters disagreed with the idea that after Brexit the UK “should try to become the lowest tax, business-friendliest country in Europe, focused on building strong international trade links”. More than half of Labour voters (54%) backed the aspiration.
But despite the overwhelming support for a low tax, pro-business future after Brexit, the research showed voters remain deeply split over the departure process ahead of next week’s crunch Commons vote on Theresa May’s deal with Brussels.
In finding that make grim reading for the Prime Minister, the poll found her deal was the least popular among a string of possible Brexit outcomes.
Only just over a quarter (26%) of people quizzed in the survey supported Mrs May’s deal while 42% opposed it.
In contrast, 34% were prepared to accept a “no-deal” Brexit while 41% opposed that option. Thirty-four per cent also backed a “clean-break” Brexit while 41% opposed the idea.
Forty-four per cent of people quizzed in the survey thought the consequences of a “no-deal” Brexit had been “wildly exaggerated”.
Half of voters (50%) were against the idea of a second EU referendum while 40% supported such a poll.
And two years on from the 2016 referendum decision to quit the EU, voters were virtually split down the middle about whether to stay or leave the bloc.
Forty-five per cent in the survey wanted to Leave the EU while 44% wanted to Remain.
Half of voters (50%) thought staying in the EU would be “humiliating” while 39% disagreed. A similar proportion (48% against 35%) felt remaining in the EU “risks seriously undermining confidence in British democracy”.
Voters in the survey were also scathing about Mrs May’s handling of the Brexit process.
Sixty per cent felt the Tories – including 36% of those who voted for the party at the last election – would lose the next election if she was still leader.
Just over half of voters (51%) thought the Tories will lose the next election due in 2022 because of their handling of Brexit.
But in findings that might give some comfort to the Prime Minister, votes expressed even less faith in Jeremy Corbyn as an alternative negotiator with Brussels.
Only around one in five (21%) thought the Labour leader would have negotiated a better Brexit deal.
Fewer than half of those who voted Labour in 2017 (45%) thought Mr Corbyn would have negotiated a better deal.
Labour retained a slight lead over the Tories in race for voters support in the ComRes poll. Mr Corbyn’s party were backed by 39% of voters quizzed, down one point from the last ComRes state-of-the-parties poll published in the Sunday Express on November 17.
The Tories were up one point to 37% in the latest poll, with the Lib Dems unchanged on 9% and Ukip unchanged on 6%.
In response a Spokesperson for ComRes said: “This poll is remarkable because it reveals a country utterly divided over how the UK can leave the EU.
However, it is all too apparent that the majority of people across the generational, political and Brexit divide are hungry for a more positive vision of a prosperous future for the UK outside the EU, which no major political party currently seems able to offer.”
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