What do the public think of a Brexit transition deal?

Last Friday, May announced in Florence support for a two-year post-Brexit transition deal. But what do the public think of a transitional arrangement?

A recent YouGov poll for the Times points to the public’s position on such a deal.

Overall, the poll suggests that most voters think the government is doing a bad job at negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union. An overwhelming 61% said they thought the government was doing a bad job, well ahead of the 21% who disagreed. Compared to the previous poll that asked the same question, the gap has widened slightly.

The public are also seemingly split on whether Brexit was a good or bad idea: 45% said that Britain was wrong to leave while 44% said the country made the right decision.

Regarding the merits of a transitional deal, 46% said it would be a good idea (down four points) while just 26% said it would be a bad idea.

As for the length of such an arrangement, the Guardian reports that May has called for a deal lasting for around two years after Brexit.

The poll indicates that the public are divided on the length of such a deal:

  • 28% said such a deal would have to last a maximum of one year;
  • 24% said a maximum of two years;
  • 8% said five years;
  • 17% said they favoured an open-ended deal until the UK is ready to leave.

With the BBC reporting that Corbyn backs a transitional deal, two questions remain. What will such a deal actually entail, and could it revive UKIP or a new pro-Brexit Farage-led party?