Change Britain recently commissioned BMG Research to poll the GB public on their opinions on the Brexit negotiations.
The results suggest that, whilst both Remain and Leave voters agree that the UK should be free to negotiate its own trade deals with other countries without the involvement of the EU, there are mixed perceptions about the future prosperity of the UK if we do negotiate trade deals independently of the EU.
Perhaps counter to popular narrative, a majority of Remain voters (60%) agreed with the statement, “after the UK leaves the EU, it is important that the UK is free to negotiate its own trade deals with other countries without the involvement of the EU”.
What’s more, the context is important, as the poll also showed that a small majority of Remain voters (53%) believed that the UK would be more prosperous in the long run if the EU is allowed some or substantial control over our trade policy and is allowed to negotiate trade deals with other countries on our behalf.
These statistics suggest that many Remain voters do believe it is both important for the UK to be able to negotiate trade deals without the involvement of the EU, albeit to a lesser extent than Leave voters. Whilst those who voted to Remain are divided on this issue, Leave voters are much clearer in their view that we will be more prosperous if the UK takes control of its own trade policies and negotiates its own future trade deals, with a vary large majority of 88% supporting independent trade negotiations.
A majority of respondents (59%) agreed that, amongst other things, the EU referendum in 2016 was a vote for the UK Parliament to control our trade policy, instead of it being in some way controlled by the EU. Notably, however, this was a relatively small majority in comparison to other questions in the poll.
There was unilateral agreement across Remain and Leave voters, as well as across supporters of the different major political parties, that it is important for politicians to respect the result of the EU referendum, with 68% of all respondents believing it to be of importance. Conservatives were most likely to say that it was important, with 89% say so, compared with around six in ten (61%) of Labour supporters.
Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a full breakdown of these results can be found here.
For a more detailed breakdown of results from this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please get in touch by email or phone.
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Thomas Speed – BMG Summer Placement Student – BMG Research
Dr. Michael Turner – Research Director & Head of Polling – BMG Research