Most people don't want a no-deal Brexit, poll reveals

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a speech on domestic priorities at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, Britain July 27, 2019. Rui Vieira/Pool via REUTERS
The public has rejected Boris Johnson's vow to leave the EU without a deal, a poll has revealed (Picture: Rui Vieira/Pool via REUTERS)

The majority of the public don’t want a no-deal Brexit, a new poll suggests.

Just 34% of voters want Boris Johnson to stick to his vow of taking Britain out of the EU without a deal if necessary on October 31, a poll for The Independent revealed.

The poll of 1,515 adults, carried out by BMG Research, also revealed that nearly half of voters (49%) want the Prime Minister to either delay or cancel Brexit or stage a fresh referendum.

Just one in five people (19%) believe Mr Johnson will manage to negotiate a fresh deal, while only 7% want an extension to Article 50 to be used to try to reach a deal, suggesting many people think it’s unlikely.

Young activists from Our Future, Our Choice held a protest outside the Scottish Conservative's HQ in Edinburgh to warn that a no-deal Brexit threatens the future of the Union. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
The poll suggests that the majority of people are opposed to a no-deal Brexit (Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
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According to the poll, carried out by BMG Research, 20% of people back a Final Say referendum, with 22% in favour of revoking Article 50 to scrap Brexit.

Opponents of a no-deal Brexit have used the poll as evidence that Mr Johnson - who has vowed to take Britain out of Europe on October 31 “do or die” - doesn’t have a mandate to leave without a deal.

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Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson told the Independent: “A no-deal Brexit must be taken off the table.

“Not only, as the poll shows, is there no public support for it, it is also incredibly irresponsible for any government to pursue something that will result in job losses, damage to our economy and hit our public services.”

The poll comes as a secret document revealed that the German government thinks Britain will leave without a deal because of the impossibility of an agreement over the Irish backstop.

Boris Johnson is expected to meet the leaders of Germany and France ahead of next weekend’s European Council in an attempt to reach an agreement.

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