Thomas – Polling shows no mandate for a hard Brexit

Research by Opinium shows that a Brexit based on Britain keeping close ties with the Single Market is deemed more acceptable than any other Brexit model by the British public.

According to the research, an EEA-model Brexit with restrictions was deemed acceptable by 57% of the public, with just 29% deeming it unacceptable, whilst full EEA-membership was acceptable to 46%. By contrast, a WTO-style hard Brexit was acceptable to just 37%, and unacceptable to 48%.

 

Commenting, Gareth Thomas MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“The Brexit that was sold to the British people during the 2016 referendum, with all the benefits and none of the perceived downsides of EU membership, is not deliverable. That basic fact is becoming clearer every day.

“Polling shows there is no mandate for a hard Brexit, involving a destructive break from the Single Market and the Customs Union, which would have disastrous consequences for trade and jobs as well as leading to the re-imposition of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

“With the politicians making a total mess of the negotiations, we need a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal once it’s clear what’s on offer. Brexit is too big to be left to just 650 MPs in Westminster to decide: the 65 million people of this country must have their voices heard as well.”

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Notes to editors

The Opinium polling can be viewed here: http://opinium.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Which-way-to-the-Brexit-FINAL.pdf