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British voters now expect no-deal Brexit: poll

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Dominic Raab
Britain’s Brexit Secretary
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  • Most Brits believe a no-deal Brexit is likely,
    according to a new poll.
  • 54% told a survey that no deal was likely and 70% said
    they believed prices would rise as a result.
  • The UK government will publish its first batch of
    no-deal Brexit technical notes on Thursday.
  • The Brexit Secretary dismissed reports of food and
    medicine shortages as “hair-raising scare stories” this
    week.

LONDON — The public expects the United Kingdom to leave the
European Union with no deal, and prices to rise as a result,
according to a poll published as Theresa May’s government
prepares to disclose its no deal planning.

A KPMG survey of over 3,000 people found that all demographic
groups believe a no deal Brexit is more likely than not. Overall,
54% said no deal was likely, while 20% said it was unlikely.

On Thursday morning, the UK government will publish its first
batch of technical notices advising businesses and consumers on
the preparation being done for the prospect of there being no
Brexit deal.

The government has been warned that a no deal
Brexit would create delays at British ports, make food and
medicines harder to get hold of and leave millions of EU citizens
in legal limbo, among other potential complications.

KPMG’s poll found that 70% of respondents believed prices would
rise as a result of there being no Brexit deal by the time the UK
leaves the EU, and 69% said they would change their consumer
behaviour accordingly.

Nearly half of respondents said no deal would be bad for the
country, while 25% said it would be good.

‘Hair-raising scare stories’


Theresa May
Prime Minister Theresa
May

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Melville


The findings of KPMG’s survey come after Dominic Raab, the UK
Brexit Secretary, described reports about the
chaos that no deal Brexit could unleash on the UK as
“hair-raising scare stories” that are “very far from the truth.”

Despite concern that Brexit will make day-to-day life more
expensive, there has been no clear shift in opinion on the
question of whether the UK should go ahead with its departure,
according to KPMG’s poll.

89% Leave voters said they would vote the same way if asked
again, while 93% of Remain voters said the same.

Chuka Umunna, a supporter of the People’s Vote campaign for a
second referendum, said: “The political establishment is leading
our country towards a chaotic no deal Brexit, and the British
people are bracing themselves for the impact.

He added: “We are speeding head-first towards a botched Brexit or
a no-deal Brexit, and people are preparing to tighten their belts
by cutting back on spending as a result.”

The Labour MP added: “If we allow that to happen, the economic
ripple effect will be felt for generations. Falling consumer
spending would mean shops closing, high streets dying and jobs
disappearing.”

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