An exclusive BMG poll for the Huffington Post reveals that more than four in ten Brits would be prepared to sacrifice some trade with the EU if it meant an overall drop in immigration.

The survey asked the public whether the agreed, or disagreed with the following statement; “A reduction in trade with the EU is a price worth paying in return for curbs on EU immigration”. The results showed that 43% of voters agreed that a reduction in trade with the EU is, to them, a price worth paying, in return for reductions to EU immigration. Just one quarter of Britons (26%) disagreed, and almost one third (31%) neither agreed nor disagreed.

Unsurprisingly, Ukippers are the most prepared to make the sacrifice, with 75% of supporters willing to accept less trade for more immigration control.

Among Conservative supporters, around three fifths (59%) are willing to make a sacrifice to EU trade, whereas just one third (32%) of Labour supporters said they were.

Almost three quarters (73%) of those who voted Leave think a reduction in trade is a price worth paying for reduced immigration, compared with just one fifth (19%) of those who said that they voted to Remain.


Readers can interrogate the data for themselves by toggling with the interactive chart below

An article based on these polling results, released by Huffington Post, can be found here.

Fieldwork dates and methodology can be found here.

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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Lauren Harris – Senior Research Executive

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