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A majority of Leave voters now believe May’s Brexit deal will be bad for Britain

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  • More than half (51%) of Leave voters and two-thirds
    (65%) of the public now believe the outcome of Brexit
    negotiations will be bad for Britain, according to a Sky
    poll.
  • Almost four fifths of the public think May is handling
    Brexit badly.
  • The poll shows that dissatisfaction with the
    government’s Brexit approach is sky-rocketing.
  • A majority of voters back a second referendum.

LONDON —  A majority of voters who voted to leave the
European Union now believe that the outcome of Brexit
negotiations will be bad for Britain, according to a new poll.

The Sky
poll
found that 51% of Leave voters and 65% of all voters
believe that Theresa May will secure a bad deal for the country
when she returns from Brussels later this year — an increase 0f
15 percentage points since the same poll was run last year.

Just 14% believe the government will get a good deal, down 12
points.

The poll also found that just 10% of the public believe the
government is doing a good job negotiating Brexit, while 78%
believe it is doing a good job. That figure has increased by 23%
since last year.

The findings appear partly to reflect the unpopularity of the
prime minister’s Chequers plan, a series of proposals she agreed
upon with her Cabinet earlier this month which are deeply
unpopular with Leave voters because they would see the UK remain
closely aligned with EU rules.

Theresa May’s ratings have taken a similar hit. Just 24% of the
public are satisfied with her performance, down 17 points, with
74% dissatisfied, up 14 points.

The poll provides
another indication
that public support for a second Brexit
referendum is growing. Most people (50%) supported a three-way
Brexit referendum asking them to choose between the deal
suggested by the government, no deal, and remaining on the EU,
with 40% opposed — 10% answered don’t know.

Asked to choose between those options, remaining in the EU was
preferred by 48%, with 27% opting for no deal and 13% choosing
the government deal. Eight per cent said they would not vote,
while 3% didn’t know.

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