The British public want a softer Brexit, suggests poll

A new BMG Research poll for Left Foot Forward indicates that a majority of Brits want the UK to remain in the single market and the customs union.

The BMG/Left Foot Forward poll is a blow to hard Brexit advocates who wish to remove the UK from the single market and the customs union in the final Brexit deal and those who want a no deal Brexit.

The poll found that 60% of its respondents wanted the UK to stay in the single market once the UK exits the EU. It also found that 57% wanted the country to remain in the customs union while a mere 16% said they wanted to depart it entirely.

Furthermore, according to Left Foot Forward, more than seven in ten Labour voters want the UK to remain in the single market.

Labour’s Chuka Umunna commented on the poll, advocating for continued membership of each union.

Analysis:

The poll is a sign that while the UK voted to leave the EU, a majority of Brits want a strong connection with the union in the form of continued membership of both the single market and the customs union.

At this stage, in the long run such an outcome looks unlikely, but it is possible that the UK could remain in both during a transitional arrangement. Once that ends, the UK would be out of each.

However, the only hope for continued membership of each in the long-term would be an election during the transitional period in which Labour promised continued membership of each union, forcing the UK onto a softer Brexit track.

The question is: would Labour go for it?