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  • The British public supports a second Brexit referendum
    for the first time, according to a new poll.
  • 42% of voters support a second referendum on whether to
    accept any Brexit deal Theresa May strikes with the European
    Union.
  • 40% oppose the idea, while 18% don’t know,
    according to the YouGov / Times poll.
  • Support for a second referendum has been gradually
    rising.
  • However, support for remaining in the EU does not
    appear to have increased significantly in the past two years,
    and Leave could still win.

LONDON — British voters now back a second Brexit referendum,
according to a new poll.

Support for a second referendum on the UK’s EU membership has
risen gradually as the chances of a no-deal Brexit rise and as
Brussels rejects large parts of Theresa May’s Brexit proposals
outlined in the Chequers agreement.

Voters were asked by YouGov for
a Times poll
this week whether there should be a second
referendum on the final terms of any Brexit deal.

It found that 42% of the public supports a referendum on whether
to accept or reject the final Brexit deal that May brings back
from Brussels. Forty per cent opposed the plan, while 18% didn’t
know.

That is the first time that the proportion of voters who favour a
second Brexit referendum has overtaken those who are opposed. On
June 19 and 20, just 37% of the public supported the idea while
45% were opposed.

Most of the new support comes from voters who supported Remain in
the first referendum. Just 19% of those who voted Leave supported
a second vote, while 66% of those who voted Remain supported one.

Last week, the former education secretary, Justine Greening,
became the first senior
Conservative MP
to back another Brexit referendum, or what
campaigners describe as a “People’s Vote.”


Justine Greening
Justine Greening
MP.

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Nicholls


However, support for remaining in the EU does not appear to have
increased significantly in the past two years.

Of those polled, 45% said they would remain, while 42% would vote
to leave, with 4% saying they would not vote and 9% saying they
didn’t know. 

While those figures would imply a Remain win, most opinion polls
in the run-up to the 2016 referendum also indicated Britain would
stay in the EU, with a final swing to Leave taking place at the
ballot box.

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