Controlling immigration is UK's number one Brexit concern, says poll

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A newly released YouGov/Eurotrack poll suggests that immigration is the British public’s top concern when it comes to Brexit talks.

The YouGov/Eurotrack poll, conducted at the end of July, asked respondents from Great Britain to pick their top three priorities for the Brexit negotiations. Poll respondents were given a total of eight options to choose from.

The most popular statement, chosen by 41% of respondents, was that the UK should have control over immigration from the European Union.

The second highest priority for British poll respondents suggested that the public want the UK and EU to continue to cooperate on “security and anti-terrorism”. This statement was picked by 38% of respondents.

The third most popular option, chosen by 36% of respondents, was the statement saying that UK firms should have tariff-free access to the EU. This tied with the statement saying that Britain should be able to make its own trade deals with non-EU countries.

A further 31% said that the UK-EU “divorce bill” should be minimised while 26% said they wanted an end to EU Court rulings in the UK.

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Just 25% said one of their top three priorities was to protect EU citizens currently living in Britain while 11% prioritised the continuity of a soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

A further 2% said “other” and 11% said they did not know.

This contrasts with the views of six European countries who were also asked a similar question in the same poll.

The top priority picked by German and French respondents was that the UK should pay “what it owes upon leaving.”


 

The new YouGov/Eurotrack survey can be accessed here. Respondents were questioned between the 23rd and 24th July.