New polling shows that Labour supporters and young people are most supportive of having a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.
The new survey, conducted by Opinium, shows that Labour Party supporters are in favour of a People’s Vote by 69% to 18%. The 18-34 age group support a People’s Vote by a margin of 65% to 22%.
Overall, 53% of the country support the public having a vote on the final deal that the Government agrees with the EU, compared to just 31% who oppose.
More people support a People’s Vote than oppose it across all age-groups, all demographics and within every single region and nation of the UK.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Clearly the Brexit that people were promised is very different to the one they will get. They were told we could get all the economic benefits of the EU - by Boris, Gove and others - after we left but that is patently not the case as new facts emerge every week.
“To retain the economic benefits of the EU if we Brexit we must continue to participate in the European Economic Area (EEA) as the TUC and others advocate, and – given all the new facts arising – there should be a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal. 650 MPs alone should not determine the destinies of 65 million people on such a big issue. Labour voters and the young, many of whom voted Labour for the first time in 2017, disproportionately want to see this happen.”
Labour MP Gareth Thomas, who introduced a ten-minute rule motion to Parliament calling for a People’s Vote this week, said:
“Whether you think Brexit is a good deal or a bad deal, there’s no denying it’s a big deal.
“It’s too big a deal to be left to just 650 MPs in Parliament: the 65 million people of this country must decide whether or not the Brexit on offer is the right path.”
Emily Chapman, NUS Vice President (Further Education) and supporter of the student-led For our Future's Sake campaign, said:
“The vast majority of younger people, including students, are opposed to Brexit and they want to have a say on the terms of any deal that affects their futures.
“We are the ones who will have to live with the consequences of Brexit for the longest if we leave the EU, so we must be given a say on what our future should be.”
Notes to editors
Opinium asked 2,005 adults: The UK Government is currently in the process of negotiating with the European Union about the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU. To what extent do you support or oppose the public having a vote on the final deal that the Government agrees with the EU?
Field work was undertaken between 1st and 4th May.