Brexit: Women back staying in EU by 12-point margin, poll says

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Elizabeth Arnold

WOMEN support remaining in the European Union by a 12-point margin, a new poll has suggested.

A total of 56 per cent of women surveyed by YouGov for the People's Vote campaign backed staying in the EU, compared to 44 per cent happy for the UK to leave. Men backed staying in the EU by 51 per cent to 49 per cent.

It comes ahead of today's launch of a new campaign group called Women for a People's Vote to "put women's voices at the front" of the Brexit debate.

According to the poll, almost three-quarters of women (73 per cent) fear promises made by politicians on Brexit will be broken, while only 13 per cent of women think a good Brexit deal is likely.

A total of 83 per cent think the process of leaving the EU has been a mess, with 86 per cent of women aged over 45 the most despairing about the process.

The survey found that after Brexit, 35 per cent believe the NHS will worsen, 44 per cent think the economy will be weaker and 45 per cent think taxes will rise.

More than half (58 per cent) of women excluding 'don't knows' supported a so-called 'People's Vote' on the final Brexit deal, the poll suggested.

YouGov polled 18,772 adults online between July 31 and August 20 for the research.

Meanwhile, Belfast City Council will tonight debate an Alliance Party motion urging councillors to back calls for a People's Vote.

It follows the party putting forward a similar motion at Ards and North Down council.

Alliance Belfast councillor Kate Nicholl said: "Brexit is a huge act of self-harm for the UK, with significant damage facing Northern Ireland.

"Across the UK, there is considerable evidence of people demanding the right to have their say on what now happens.

"Belfast now has the opportunity to join with many councils across the UK in passing a resolution in favour of the People's Vote. This is a campaign that is gaining real momentum."

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