Support for Theresa May's handling of Brexit talks hits a five-month high, with 55 per cent of UK population backing her

Christopher Hope
 Prime Minister Theresa May  - Paul Grover

Support for Theresa May's handling of Brexit talks has hit a five month high, with 55 per cent of the population now backing the Prime Minister's approach to the negotiations, a new poll has found.

A new survey from Orb International shows a four per cent boost for Theresa May in days after she triggered the start of Brexit talks at the end of last month.

Dissatisfaction with Brexit is now at its lowest level since the survey started last November, with just 45 per cent opposed to leaving the EU.

The poll by Orb International also shows that Britons are more concerned about trade talks than immigration for the first time as formal negotiations about Brexit get underway.

The survey found that 47 per cent of voters disagreed that “controlling immigration [was] more important than access to free trade”.

Analysis of the figures showed that the swing in opinion has been driven by pensioners, with the proportion of those prioritising immigration over trade falling from 61 per cent in March to 47 per cent in April.

Confidence that immigration can be controlled is also down, with only 58 per cent believing that the UK will have greater control over immigration once withdrawal from the EU is complete.

Johnny Heald, managing director of Orb International, said: “Since November the British public are slowly becoming more comfortable with idea of Brexit and, each month, more are approving of the way in which the government is dealing with negotiations.

“However, as these talks develop, it’s interesting that the public is increasingly concerned more about free trade agreements than immigration marking a reversal of the preference aired during the campaign.”

For the third successive month more than half of the British public – 55 per cent – approves of the way that Brexit talks are being handled. Disapproval is at its lowest level yet – 45 per cent.

However the poll found that just over 40 per cent of voters believed or strongly believed that Theresa May, the Prime Minister, “will get the right deal for Britain in the Brexit negotiations”.

 

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