British split over immigration path after Brexit

by Ray Clancy on July 26, 2017

People in the UK are split when it comes to immigration and what it sort of programme should be introduced after the country leaves the European Union.

A growing number want a scheme that will prioritise remaining a part of the single market which means continuing with freedom of movement, but more want stricter immigration controls, according to a new poll.


But slightly more are backing the idea of remaining within the single market which would mean more movement than hard Brexitiers want, the survey from Ipsos Mori shows.

When asked about some of the various aims that Britain should try to achieve in its negotiations on withdrawal from the EU, full control over immigration came out on top with the highest proportion of people, 63%, saying it is essential or very important to achieve.

But 45% believe that remaining in the single market is essential or very important, as do 46% for making no further contributions to the EU budget after it leaves, while 39% say a transition period after Britain has left the EU is essential or very important.

When asked to make a direct choice over whether Britain should prioritise access to the single market or control over immigration the country remains split over these objectives, although there has been an increase in those prioritising the single market from January.

Some 49% said they are in favour of prioritising access to single market, up five points since January while 41% would prioritise immigration control, just a marginal change from January when it was 42%.

The poll also found that three quarters of young people and graduates prioritise access to the single market, but older people and those with no formal qualifications prioritise immigration control.

The survey also revealed that there has been a fall in optimism that Prime Minister Theresa May will get a good deal for Britain from the Brexit negotiations. Some 36% say they’re confident that she’ll get a good deal while 60% are not confident.

This is worse for the Prime Minister than in March when 44% were confident in her and 51% were not. Despite this there is more faith that Theresa May can do the job than her opponent, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

When people were asked if they would be confident in Corbyn to get a good deal if he were Prime Minister, 29% said they would be confident in him but 67% would not.

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