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Just over one in 10 British voters thinks UK should leave EU with no deal

A poll finds that a "no deal" outcome is viewed as the most likely result of ongoing Brexit talks
Andrew Woodcock

JUST over one in 10 British voters (11 per cent) thinks Britain should leave the EU without a deal, according to a new survey.

But the same poll found that a "no deal" outcome was viewed as the most likely result of ongoing Brexit talks – with 17 per cent saying this was what they expected, compared to 16 per cent who anticipated a comprehensive trade deal, 15 per cent a limited trade deal and 13 per cent continued membership of the single market.

Continued membership of the single market was the most popular option for Britain after Brexit, with 24 per cent backing this outcome, against 17 per cent for Theresa May's favoured scenario of a comprehensive trade deal, 14 per cent backing a limited trade deal and 11 per cent no deal.

More than half (55 per cent) of those questioned by pollsters Kantar said that the government was handling the Brexit negotiations poorly, against 21 per cent who said they were doing well.

And 64 per cent said that the UK's negotiating position was unclear, compared to just 20 per cent who said it was clear.

More respondents (41 per cent) thought the EU would get the best deal out of Brexit talks than thought Britain would do best (23 per cent).

And there was negative sentiment about the likely impact of Brexit, with more people saying it would be damaging to prices, the NHS, schools, job opportunities and the mix of people in their neighbourhood than thought it would improve these issues.

"While some have suggested the public have had enough of experts, there appears to be agreement between experts and the British public that a 'no deal' outcome is ill-advised", said Kantar Public UK chief executive Grant Fitzner.

"There is also widespread public dismay about how the Brexit negotiations are going. Almost two-thirds of the British public say they are unclear about the UK government's negotiating position, and over half think the government is handling the negotiations poorly."

:: Kantar questioned 2,437 adults in Britain online between November 14 and 20.

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