Public wants Brexit final say?

A new poll suggests people want to take back control of their Brexit deal

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The 'turning point' in Brexit opinion that probably isn't

The anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain is claiming a “turning point” in public attitudes to leaving the EU and whether or not the U.K. should have a referendum on the deal Theresa May will — probably — strike with Brussels.

A new poll conducted for the group by YouGov finds that 44 percent want the public to have “a final say” on Brexit once the negotiations are over, significantly more than the 36 percent who say they should not. What’s more, the same poll finds that, in the event of another referendum, 44 percent say they would vote Remain over 41 percent who would vote Leave. (The rest say they don’t know, or would abstain.)

So is this the turning point that Remainers have been waiting for? Has public opinion swung decisively in favor of another vote and staying in the EU?

Probably not.

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Does the UK public want a final say referendum on Brexit?

By Joe Harker

According to a new poll more of the British public now want a final say on the terms of the Brexit deal than don't.

The poll was conducted by YouGov and Best for Britain, finding that 44 per cent want some sort of final say on the Brexit deal compared to 36 per cent who don't.

Eloise Todd, Chief Executive of Best for Britain, described the poll results as a "turning point" for those who hoped the UK might avoid leaving the EU. She said: "The possibility of Brexit is sharpening the British public's minds, and now there is a decisive majority in favour of a final say for the people of our country on the terms of Brexit.

"The only democratic way to finish this process is to make sure the people of this country - not MPs across Europe - have the final say, giving them an informed choice on the two options available to them: the deal the government brings back and our current terms."

Todd's preferred option would be another referendum on the UK leaving the EU, but the option to leave would be clearly defined as it would represent the Brexit deal worked out in negotiations. One criticism of the referendum was that people voting for Leave didn't know exactly what sort of deal they were voting for, having another one would eliminate that doubt.

That may be good news for fans of Remain, as the poll found that another referendum would see 44 per cent vote to stay in the EU compared to 41 per cent voting to leave.

A number of former politicians have backed calls for another referendum, though at the moment neither the governing Conservative party or opposition Labour back such a measure.

The opposition, with some help from Tory rebels, added an amendment to the Brexit bill that requires the final deal the UK secures in negotiations be subject to a "meaningful vote". Labour hopes that defeating the government on this would force them to go back and renegotiate a deal, but the Tories insist it would just result in the UK leaving the EU in a "no deal Brexit". If that was the case then politicians could shy away from opposing the negotiated Brexit deal as a no deal scenario only benefits the hardest of Brexiteers.

However, while some may hope that there will be another referendum on Brexit it would be unwise to consider it a certainty. It may take a much bigger shift in public opinion to force MPs to push for a second referendum and with the final date of Brexit less than a year away time is on the side of those who want to leave. Much as supporters of Remain will want a smoking gun that gives them a way out of Brexit, this may not be it.

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The British public supports a referendum to have a 'final say' on the Brexit deal

  • A new poll finds the British public support a referendum on the "final say" on May's Brexit deal by a margin of 44% to 36%.

  • A second referendum would have to take place before the UK is scheduled to depart the EU in March next year.

  • Theresa May has repeatedly ruled out the prospect of a second vote.

  • However, a slightly differently worded question, which asked whether there should be a "public vote," put the "should not" camp in the lead by several points.

LONDON - The British public supports a vote on the terms of the final Brexit deal for the first time, according to a new opinion poll.

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