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British public wants second referendum if Brexit talks break down, poll says
YouGov survey of more than 10,000 people finds more people back a second referendum than support MPs deciding the future if no Brexit deal is agreed.
Updated 8/10/18, 5:36 PM CET
LONDON — The British public would support a second Brexit vote by a margin of two to one if talks with Brussels break down, a new poll suggested.
In a YouGov survey of more than 10,000 people, 50 percent said that, in the event of a no-deal outcome in negotiations, they would prefer a fresh vote instead of MPs being handed the decision over country’s future, an option backed by just 25 percent.
Even without a breakdown in talks, support for a second vote is strong, with 45 percent backing the idea of a public vote on the outcome, 34 percent against and 22 percent unsure.
Significantly, support for a second referendum is overwhelming among supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s opposition Labour Party, with 63 percent backing the proposal, and only 18 percent against. Labour supporters would also back the Remain option in any vote by 77 percent, the poll suggests.
Corbyn and the Labour leadership have not ruled out backing a second referendum and the party is expected to face calls from members to change its policy at September’s annual conference in Liverpool.