With the next round of Brexit negotiations commencing in the coming weeks, the Independent commissioned BMG examine how the British public feel the on-going talks between the UK and the EU are progressing.
The poll asked the representative sample of 1513 GB adults: “In your view, how well or badly do you feel the negotiations are going?” Almost three in five Britons (61%) described the negotiations as going either “quite badly” (37%) or very badly (24%). Only 2% described the negotiations as going “very well”, with 20% stating the talks were progressing “quite well”. 17% were unsure
While Leave and Remain voters are usually divided on EU-related questions, they tend to be united in the belief that negotiations are going poorly. 53% of those that reported voting to leave the EU in 2016 said the negotiations are going either “quite badly” or “very badly”, rising to 74% for remain voters – although it goes without saying that each set of voters may have very different reasons for saying so.
Going badly but getting better?
However, whilst a clear majority think the negotiations are going badly, fewer say the negotiations are going badly now (61%) than did in October (77%), a month or so prior to the phase one deal being agreed by both sides. Moreover, this improvement has come from both Remain and Leave camps, with 34% of 2016 leave voters saying the negotiations are going well, up from 18%, and 17% of Remainers now positive about the state of the talks, up from 10% in the autumn.
Who is to blame?
Of those that think the negations are going badly, more blame the UK side (30%) than the EU side (16%), although a plurality (48%) state that “both sides are equally to blame”. The percentage blaming the EU rises to 31% among Leave voters, with the number blaming the UK Government increasing to 38% among Remainers.
An article based on these polling results, released by the Independent, can be found here.
Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a full breakdown of these results can be found here.
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Robert Struthers – Senior Research Executive