Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Only 44% Think May Will Get a Good Deal on Brexit

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Only 44% Think May Will Get a Good Deal on Brexit

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

THERESA MAY triggers Brexit this month with less than half the public believing she can obtain a good deal for Britain.

However, more people agree than disagree with her that "no deal is better than a bad deal" -- giving a green light for the Prime Minister to walk out of talks if other EU leaders cut up rough.

The findings come from an exclusive poll by Ipsos MORI for the Evening Standard today which underlines that the country is still deeply divided about Brexit.

In a keynote speech in Cardiff, the Prime Minister attempted to reunite the country around a "Plan for Britain", promising "the right deal for Britain abroad, yes, but also a better deal for ordinary, working people here at home."

But she was under attack from Scottish Nationalists for refusing to grant an independence referendum during Brexit negotiations. Opening an SNP conference, deputy party leader Angus Robertson was set to accuse Mrs May of running scared and say: "It is about their desperate desire to prevent anyone having the chance to reject the hard-Right Brexit that they are so wedded to."

Today's poll found 44 per cent of people were confident Mrs May will get a good deal. Some 51 per cent think she will fail -- rising to 60 per cent among Scots.

Mrs May inspires more confidence than David Cameron did last year before his flopped attempt to negotiate Britain's membership terms, when 62 per cent were not confident he would succeed.

Just 18 per cent think their standard of living will improve due to Brexit, while 37 per cent think they will be worse off. But 40 per cent think it will make no difference, suggesting that anxiety has eased since a peak when Mrs May announced her plan for a socalled "hard Brexit" in October. Asked if they agreed with Mrs May that no deal was better than a bad one, 52 per cent agreed and 35 per cent disagreed. But in Scotland only 30 per cent agree with her and 51 per cent disagree.

Control over immigration is rated as more important than staying in the single market. A majority of 61 per cent said curbing immigration was an essential or very important goal. …

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