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I went looking for the poll you reference, and I think I found it.. It's pretty interesting, with a number of questions on what people think is true, what they think will happen and what they feel about it.

And the numbers doesn't add up to any clear direction. Yes a majority of likely voters would vote remain, but with similar numbers a majority is against a second referendum. Perhaps a clue can be found in a question about how they feel about a no deal and the most common reply is relief that this part of Brexit is over.

Also in the question Sunday Telegraph highlights, no deal Brexit has less support (44-30, with 25% don't know), then "I just want it over with" (55-33, with 12% don't know) in the just preceding question.

To sum up, going by this poll, the respondents don't know what is going to happen, doesn't think the politicians or the parties care about them, think the government did a poor job negotiating, think the parliament has done a poor job, think the EU has been unfairly hard in the negotiations, and are so tired of the whole thing that they just want it over and done with. There is not much support for prolonging the negotiation process, though that question is asked in an awkward way.

by fjallstrom on Fri Mar 15th, 2019 at 02:34:06 PM EST
Thanks for this summary. I was just looking for a link to evidence my impression that the widespread feeling amongst Brexiteers is that the government should just "get on with it", that what they wanted (and voted for) was "a clean break", and that May's deal didn't provide that.

Many seem to think the Irish backstop is just an EU wheeze to "trap the UK in a custom's union" when it was May's idea to include all of the UK in the Backstop and that in this in fact provides the UK with an advantageous position no other third country has.

None seem to have any idea of how a "no deal" "clean break" Brexit could actually work - assuming they could continue to have all the existing benefits of Membership and that only vindictiveness on the EU's part would prevent this.

Ultimately, apparently, "common sense" would ensure that the UK ended up with all its current benefits and with none of the current costs. As the fifth largest economy in the World, the EU will have no choice but to do business with the UK on the UK's terms.

All evidence to the contrary is discounted or put down to EU unreasonableness or May incompetence. She will be the sacrificial lamb when all this goes belly up and few will want to recall that much of what they will be screaming for in the future was already included in the Withdrawal Agreement.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Mar 15th, 2019 at 03:15:18 PM EST
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