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Three-quarters of the UK public say Brexitis going badly, new poll reveals [Copy link] 中文

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The PM has admitted that the negotiations have hit ‘difficulty’ AFP/Getty

The British public have delivered a damning verdict on the Government’s Brexit strategy after a new poll revealed a huge majority think negotiations with Brussels are going badly.

The exclusive BMG Research survey carried out before and during the European Council summit at which the Prime Minister won a small concession from EU leaders, shows more than three-quarters of people still think her strategy is failing.

Almost half also think that the no-deal scenario threatened by ministers would be “bad” for Britain, and reject outright the hard Brexit plan to abandon talks at Christmas if the EU does not allow progress, according to the poll.

Instead a majority want the Government to continue negotiating, despite many still feeling the UK will come off worse than the EU in any eventual deal.

The polling undertaken between 17 and 20 October comes after a tough European Council meeting at which Theresa May herself admitted talks had hit “difficulty”, as she beseeched European leaders to give her a deal she could sell to the British public.

At the same time Ms May is under increasing pressure in London to give no new concessions to the EU and walk away from negotiations if Brussels does not agree to start discussing a future trade deal by the next summit in December.

While EU leaders confirmed they would begin internal discussions in preparation for trade talks – something expected for more than a week –  they made clear Ms May must still give a stronger commitment to pay a bigger divorce bill.

The survey asked, “In your view, how well or badly do you feel the negotiations are going?” Seventy-six per cent said they felt they are going either “quite badly” or “very badly”.

Only 1 per cent thought they are going “very well”, with a further 11 per cent thinking they are going quite well and 12 per cent saying “don’t know”.

Ms May has said she does not want the negotiations to collapse, but has consistently threatened to walk away from talks if she does not get what she wants, coining the phrase in her Lancaster House speech “no deal is better than a bad deal”.

The survey suggests almost half of people, some 46 per cent, believe a deal is either “fairly” or “very” unlikely, with 37 per cent believing the opposite and 17 per cent saying they “don’t know”.   

Meanwhile, 45 per cent, think a no-deal scenario would be bad for Britain, only 11 per cent think it would be good, while 22 per cent say it would make “no difference”.

EU leaders shone a ray of hope on to negotiations on Friday by confirming previously reported plans that they will begin internal discussions on preparing for trade talks, which might potentially start by Christmas.

But the key stumbling block to progress remained in place, with both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron demanding the UK make a stronger commitment to meeting its financial obligations.

Brexiteers on the right of the Conservatives want the Prime Minister to abandon negotiations if the EU does not agree to talk about a future trade deal by the December summit.

But the BMG survey showed a majority of the British public rejected this approach – with 52 per cent saying the UK should continue trying to achieve a deal regardless, 28 per cent saying the country should abandon talks and accelerate plans for a “no deal” and 20 per cent saying they did not know.

Even if a deal is hammered out with Brussels the British public are not confident the UK will come out on top, according to the poll.

Some 48 per cent say the EU will come off better, while only a fifth, 21 per cent, think the UK will come out on top. People who did not know accounted for 31 per cent of those surveyed.

Brexiteers on the right of the Conservatives want the Prime Minister to abandon negotiations if the EU does not agree to talk about a future trade deal by the December summit.

But the BMG survey showed a majority of the British public rejected this approach – with 52 per cent saying the UK should continue trying to achieve a deal regardless, 28 per cent saying the country should abandon talks and accelerate plans for a “no deal” and 20 per cent saying they did not know.

Even if a deal is hammered out with Brussels the British public are not confident the UK will come out on top, according to the poll.

Some 48 per cent say the EU will come off better, while only a fifth, 21 per cent, think the UK will come out on top. People who did not know accounted for 31 per cent of those surveyed.


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Post time 2017-11-5 20:41:14 |Display all floors
British runs away from European Union, why is the real reason?  the people of the EU had dragged the economy of the British? perhaps, it seems that this idea generate from other advice.   
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Post time 2017-11-5 20:41:29 |Display all floors
British runs away from European Union, what is the real reason?  the people of the EU had dragged the economy of the British? perhaps, it seems that this idea generate from other advice.
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Post time 2017-11-6 00:55:15 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Ted180 at 2017-11-5 11:56

The vote in favor of Brexit is (like Trump's fluke election) a sign that the less-educated British feel neglected by their liberal elite. The liberals in the West have neglected their working class by not taxing the rich enough and giving enough of the funds to the less rich. So, along come some rich guys who are too stupid, short-sighted and greedy to pay enough taxes to pay for a better life for the lower class. They cleverly use primitive nationalist, racist and anti-immigrant feelings to put the liberals out of power - and thus avoid being properly-taxed. The current right-wing populism is just a massive tax-evasion racket by the rich - using the ignorant votes of the poor. It will not work for long.
My problem is simple: I just know better than everyone-else!

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Post time 2017-11-9 21:43:03 |Display all floors
The pubic leaded the divorce . Now most of them regretted . I think the mainstream media didn't conduct pubic well . Or , they did good ,but UK's leaders made such a stupid decision .

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Post time 2017-11-10 10:01:52 |Display all floors
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The pubic leaded the divorce . Now most of them regretted . I think the mainstream media didn't cond ...

Maybe YOU are RIGHT! The British have decided with their PUBIC rather than their head in favour of Brexit... The damage is big. It's the same as artificially inseminating 10'000 virgins with the semen obtained from a single fertile male. Who is gonna pay for the maintenance of so many children?

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Post time 2017-11-10 12:27:36 |Display all floors
This post was edited by robert237 at 2017-11-9 20:44

It's funny that the Brits have become such no-counts that nobody else seems to care
whether they leave the UE or not.

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