60 per cent of Brits want to stay in the single market post-Brexit

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron during a media conference at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in Camberley after UK-France summit talks yesterday (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP)

The majority of Britons want to remain in the single market and customs union after Brexit, a new opinion poll has revealed.

60 per cent of those who expressed a view were in favour of remaining in the single market, according to the BMG Research poll for the website Left Foot Forward.

24 per cent neither agreed nor disagreed and 16 per cent wanted to leave.

57 per cent said the UK should remain a member of the customs union, while 27 per cent neither agreed nor disagreed and 16 per cent backed leaving it.


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The survey was carried out before French President Emmanuel Macron warned that a post-Brexit free trade agreement would not provide full access to the single market for financial services at the same level as that offered to members.

Speaking alongside Theresa May after a UK-France summit on Thursday he said: “I want to make sure that the single market is preserved because that is very much the heart of the EU.

“The choice is on the British side, not on my side. But there can be no differentiated access for the financial services.

“If you want access to the single market – including the financial services – be my guest. But it means that you need to contribute to the budget and acknowledge European jurisdiction.

“Such are the rules, and we know the system already in place for Norway.”

The Prime Minister plans to strike a bespoke deal to include “both goods and services” post-Brexit (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP)

The Prime Minister plans for the UK to leave the single market and customs union but strike a bespoke deal which will preserve many of the benefits.

“We recognise that as we leave the EU we will no longer be full members of the single market,” she said.

“There will be a different relationship in future, a different balance of rights and responsibilities, and we’ve been very clear about that.

“But I believe that it is actually in the interest not only of the United Kingdom, but also the European Union as it goes forward, to continue to have a good economic relationship and partnership with the UK and I believe that should cover both goods and services.”