Public would rather cancel Brexit than accept Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal - Poll

Anti-Brexit campaigners taking part in a People's Vote march in London. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA.

Anti-Brexit campaigners taking part in a People's Vote march in London. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA. - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

People would rather stop Brexit altogether than accept Boris Johnson's plan for Brexit, a new poll reveals.

According to Kantar just 20% of voters would back the new deal for Brexit - amounting to just one in five people - while one in three people (32%) would support revoking Article 50 and staying in the European Union.

Looking at different types of scenarios, 13% said they want a form of Leave which keeps the UK in a single market or a customs union, 14% want to leave without a deal, while 22% were unsure.

A majority of the public - when don't knows are excluded - would like to see the deal put forward in a second referendum. The suggestion that Boris Johnson's plan could be voted on by the public was backed by 58% compared to 42%.

The polling also found overwhelming support for many of the benefits EU membership already offers.


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The public overwhelmingly back the UK continuing to collaborate with the EU on science, research and technology initiatives and on security and policing by more than 70%.

A majority want British companies to have tariff-free access to the EU markets (63%) and want European companies to have the same tariff-free access to UK markets, including services (53%).

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More than 60% of Britons say they want the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to remain 'soft' without any passport control, and 54% want unrestricted rights for UK citizens to live in the EU.

The findings come as MPs prepare to vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Saturday.

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