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British public confident the UK will thrive over a no-deal Brexit

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
19th Mar 19 12:02 pm

The exclusive ComRes survey for the Telegraph found that 46% of adults think leaving without a deal would “briefly cause some uncertainty but ultimately work out okay” compared to 40% who support extending Article 50.

The poll found three in 10 adults think leaving the EU without a deal on 29 March would be the best possible outcome (30%), compared to more than two in five who disagree (43%).  Asked if taking no deal off the table has weakened our negotiating hand, 50% of adults said yes and 24% said no.

The country is split over whether the prime minister Theresa May should put her withdrawal agreement to a third meaningful vote, with 38% for and 39% against.

Asked if May’s deal delivers Brexit, just 14% of the public said yes compared to 54% who said no.  Just 18% believe it honours the referendum result compared to 33% who think it doesn’t. 37% said they expected to leave with no deal in 2016 compared to 20% who expected to leave with a withdrawal agreement.

The poll also found nearly two thirds of Brits (61%) think Brussels is trying to punish the UK in the Brexit negotiations compared to one in five who disagree (22%). The findings mark the first in a new series of regular monthly polls in a partnership between The Telegraph and ComRes to track voter attitudes towards current political issues.

The poll puts Labour one point ahead of the Conservatives on 35%, almost unchanged since the last ComRes voting intention poll conducted earlier this month.  Such a result would leave the Conservatives 41 seats short of a majority.

The findings suggest Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity has tanked since Labour supported a second referendum, including among his millennial fanbase. Support for the party has fallen by 11% among 18 to 24-year olds (43%) compared to June 2016.

Despite the Brexit shambles, May remains the most favourable politician with over one quarter of voters (27%). Asked if she should resign as prime minister immediately, 34% said yes and 41% said no. Although half (52%) regard her as bad at negotiating Brexit, she is still the most popular choice among 29% voters compared to 25% who think Boris Johnson would do a better job and 21% who think Jacob Rees-Mogg would be preferable.

Just 18% of adults think Corbyn would do a good job at leading the negotiations in Brussels compared to 58% who disagree. Corbyn is the most unfavourable politician with 56% of adults disapproving, while half the public has an unfavourable opinion of Johnson (49%).

Suggesting that public trust has eroded in politicians, three in five have an unfavourable view of MPs (59%), compared with only 5% who say they are doing a good job. Only one in ten British adults say they now trust MPs to do the right thing by the country over Brexit (11%), while seven in ten disagree (68%).

The poll found nearly half (44%) the public think the government “seems to be in favour of remaining in the EU and has set out to thwart Brexit from the beginning,” compared to 27% who disagree.

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