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UK regrets Brexit for first time since referendum: poll

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 16:16

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More British voters think the decision to leave the European Union is a mistake than support the split, a poll showed for the first time since last June's referendum.

[LONDON] More British voters think the decision to leave the European Union is a mistake than support the split, a poll showed for the first time since last June's referendum.

The YouGov survey for the Times newspaper found 45 per cent of respondents agreed that, with hindsight, the country was wrong to vote for Brexit. Forty-three per cent said withdrawing from the bloc was right for the country and 12 per cent said they didn't know. It was the first time a poll had found the public mood turning against Brexit since the vote, the Times said.

The findings suggest the country is still deeply split over the question of Britain's future relationship with the EU at a time when voters are being asked to give Prime Minister Theresa May a mandate for her vision of Brexit, which includes severing links to EU institutions and its single market.

The premier says every vote for her Conservative party in the June 8 national election will strengthen her hand to get the best deal in negotiations with the EU. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats, who want to maintain close ties to the EU and favour a second referendum, are trying to boost their support among the 48 per cent of voters who wanted to remain in the bloc.

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Polls show Ms May set for a landslide victory, taking as much as 50 per cent of the vote.

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