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Immigration control is top Brexit priority

Published: Monday 21 August 2017

By David Fuller 

Controlling immigration is the British public’s top concern regarding the ongoing Brexit conversations, a new poll reveals.

A YouGov/Eurotrack poll, conducted at the end of July 2017, asked respondents to pick their top three priorities for the Brexit negotiations out of eight possible options.

Allowing Britain to control immigration from the EU was picked by 41 percent of the poll’s respondents, ahead of maintaining co-operation between Britain and the EU on security and anti-terrorism (38 percent).

Deemed of little importance was preventing a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland (11 percent), while only 25 percent felt that protecting the rights of UK citizens already living in the EU should be a priority.

The poll also found that if there was to be another referendum on British membership of the European Union, the majority of Brits would choose to remain in the Union, although the outcome of a vote would likely once again be close. Forty-six percent stated they would vote to remain, with 43 percent stating they would leave. An additional 5 percent were unsure, while 6 percent would not vote.
 
What’s more, it seems that Brits are not overly pleased with the way negotiations are currently going. The survey shows that 58 percent feel that the EU currently has the upper hand in the Brexit negotiations, while only 14 percent think the British government does.

Given this, it is unsurprising to find that only 23 percent of respondents approved of the UK government’s record to date, while 53 disapproved. The results were as follows:

What do you think the UK’s top priorities for the Brexit negotiations with the EU should be?
  • Allowing Britain to control immigration from the EU - 41%
     
  • Maintaining co-operation between Britain and the EU on security and anti-terrorism - 38%
     
  • Allowing British companies to trade with the EU without tariffs or restrictions - 36%
     
  • Allowing Britain to make its own trade deals with countries outside the EU - 36%
     
  • Minimising the amount of money the UK has to pay upon leaving the EU - 31%
     
  • Making sure Britain does not have to obey the rulings of the European Court - 26%
     
  • Protecting rights of UK citizens already living in the EU - 25%
     
  • Preventing a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland - 11%
     
  • Other - 2%
     
  • Don't know - 11% 
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