Majority of UK public backs Brexit ‘transition period’: Poll

by Jonathan Adams

More than half of British people support a brexit transition period

With nearly half of those participating in the poll not supporting a second referendum on departure terms, British people are evenly divided on brexit details, according to Observer/opinion poll. Almost half (49%) of those asked believe that there should not be a second referendum after the terms of departure are clear. The poll found that a majority of the public believes in a transition period after the UK’s departure from the bloc. The poll found that in case of a second referendum, the remain side is likely to win.

The poll included the findings of 2,006 online interviews conducted between 15 and 18 August.

The findings follow a joint article by chancellor, Philip Hammond and the international trade secretary, Liam Fox supporting a transition period for businesses after Britain leaves the EU. Philip Hammond and Liam Fox are considered on opposite sides on brexit.

It is learnt that the UK may start negotiating the nature of its future trade relationship with the EU only at the end of the year. The government supports a transitional deal after brexit but it wants to be to know the nature of UK-EU trade relationship.

The survey found that people are almost equally divided over ending free movement and staying in the single market, a finding that was different earlier when more people considered ending free movement to be the priority in government’s negotiations.

Meanwhile, trust in the Conservatives to lead negotiations has come down from 39% in June to 33% in August. The poll also revealed support for the main political parties, with Labour holding a lead of three percentage points on 43%, the Conservatives on 40% and the Liberal Democrats on 6%.

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