More Britons want to remain a member of the European Union (EU) than leave, according to a survey published on Sunday. The survey by YouGov showed that if a referendum were held immediately, 46% would vote to remain, 39% would vote to leave, and the rest either did not know, would not vote, or refused to answer the question.
When the undecided and those who refused to answer were removed from the sample, the split was 54-46 in favour of remaining. The 2016 referendum voted 52 to 48% in favour of leaving.
The poll of more than 25,000 voters was commissioned by the ‘People’s Vote’ campaign, which is spearheading an increasingly vocal push for a second referendum.
On Sunday, Ms. May reiterated her opposition to holding a second referendum, saying it would be divisive and disrespectful to those who voted to leave in the initial vote, and also highlighted a lack of time available to hold a new referendum.
But, the survey showed 41% thought the final decision about Brexit should be made by a new public vote versus 36% who believe it should be up to parliament. Removing those who are undecided, the split was 53% in favour of another referendum and 47% against.
Lawmakers are due to vote on whether to accept Ms. May’s exit deal in the week beginning Jan. 14.Jon