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Most Britons oppose second EU referendum, Sky Data poll reveals



Most Britons do not want a second EU referendum amid the Brexit crisis facing the country, a Sky Data poll has revealed.

Some 56% said they were opposed to another public vote on whether the UK should leave the European Union, compared to 44% who support the proposal.

It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to address MPs on Monday on how she intends to move forward after her Brexit deal was emphatically rejected by parliament.

Should we delay leaving the EU?

After Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Mrs May to rule out the prospect of a “no-deal” Brexit, the Sky Data poll found the majority of Britons (54%) oppose the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The survey also revealed Britain is divided on whether the government should delay Brexit beyond the planned leave date of 29 March.

Half (50%) of those asked said they would support a delay, while half (50%) said they opposed the idea.

Should we leave the EU without a deal?

The UK is also split on whether the country was right to vote to leave the EU in 2016.

The poll found 49% believed the UK made the correct decision to leave, while 51% said the country got it wrong in the referendum.

Should we leave the EU without a deal?

The results came as at least two cross-party groups of MPs plan to table amendments in the House of Commons to delay or frustrate Mrs May’s Brexit plans.

One group, including senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Tory former minister Nick Boles, is backing a bill to suspend the Article 50 withdrawal process if there is no new deal with Brussels by the end of February.

Were we right or wrong to vote for Brexit?

A second, led by former attorney general Dominic Grieve, has tabled an amendment to enable backbenchers to choose to debate and vote on Brexit issues one day a week – breaking with the convention that the government controls the parliamentary timetable.

Downing Street has described the moves as “extremely concerning” and said they underlined the need for MPs who supported Brexit to vote for it in the House.

Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,021 UK adults online on 18 January.

Data are weighted to the profile of the population. Sky Data is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

For the full Sky Data tables, please click here. Answers of “don’t know” were discounted when calculating the percentages in the story.

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