Friday, 10 Apr 2020

Brexit: 90% say handling of negotiations is ‘national humiliation’ – Sky Data poll

Nine in ten Britons think the way the UK is dealing with Brexit is a “national humiliation”, a Sky Data poll reveals.

90% of the British public think the UK’s behaviour as we move to leave the European Union has humiliated us as a country.

Just seven percent said it has not while three percent answered “don’t know”.

It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to the EU asking for a short delay to Brexit until 30 June.

She also performed a U-turn to rule out a longer extension – a move her de facto deputy David Lidington described last Thursday as “downright reckless”.

The public is divided as to who is most at fault for the current impasse – though few blame the EU for the situation.

Asked who is to blame for the UK government and the EU not being able to agree a Brexit deal MPs are willing to accept, one in three (34%) think the primary fault lies with the UK government.

Some 26% blame MPs, and 7% blame the EU.

A further 24% blame all of them equally.

And an additional 7% say the main fault does not lie with any of them, with 2% unsure.

Mrs May has been warned by one of her backbench Tory Brexiteers that if she “continues to apply to extend Article 50” she will be “betraying the British people”.

The prime minister hinted she could quit if a short Brexit delay fails to break the impasse.

She told MPs on Wednesday: “I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30 June.”

But she is reliant on EU leaders to approve her request, which is far from certain.

Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned a Brexit delay would not be approved “without a good reason”, and urged people to “finalise all preparations” for a no-deal divorce.

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney also said: “I think people would be very foolish to assume that this is just some kind of political game and that an extension will automatically be facilitated.”

Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,189 Sky customers by SMS on 20 March 2019. Data are weighted to the profile of the population. Sky Data is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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