News ID: 219460
Published: 0354 GMT August 06, 2018

Poll records lowest ever support for May's Brexit handling

Poll records lowest ever support for May's Brexit handling

A new poll conducted in Britain has shown that people have the least ever trust in Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit negotiations.

According to the ORB International pollster on Monday, only 22 percent of voters approved of May’s attempts to secure a smooth departure from the European Union in March next year.

The figure, the lowest ever recorded by the pollster, comes as May struggles to strike a deal on Britain’s future relationship with the EU.

Many, including ministers in May’s government, have expressed doubts that Britain could reach a deal on trade and other issues, saying the country would simply crash out of the bloc, a scenario they say would stifle normal life for many British citizens as well as EU citizens living in the country.

The ORB poll found that 60 percent of voters were not confident May could reach a deal on Brexit, a four-percentage increase from last month. Around 55 percent had expressed faith in May for a right deal on Brexit in the first half of 2017.

May announced her white paper for final phases of talks with the EU last month. The plan sparked widespread anger, especially in the pro-Brexit camp, as it seeks a close trading relationship with the EU on goods. Two senior ministers resigned in protest against the plan, unleashing a real rebellion against May’s leadership in the Conservative Party.

However, May’s spokesman said on Monday that the premier still thought that chances for Britain to reach a deal with the EU were higher than failure to win any agreement.

“We continue to believe that a deal is the most likely outcome because reaching a good deal is not only in the interests of the UK, it is in the interests of the EU and its 27 members,” said the spokesman.

The comments came after trade minister Liam Fox said in an interview at the weekend that the no-deal Brexit was a highly likely scenario. May’s spokesman endorsed Fox’s remarks and said the minister was right to highlight the risk.



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