Majority of voters demand second Brexit referendum within the next decade – poll

A majority of Britons want a referendum on the UK rejoining the European Union within the next 10 years, the latest polling from YouGov shows.

Despite this, new polling carried out by YouGov shows there isn’t an immediate appetite among Brits to reverse the historic decision.

Only 26 percent would say there should be a referendum on the matter before the end of this year with 59 percent saying there shouldn’t be, according to YouGov’s poll.

Appetite for another vote rose to 39 percent when poll participants were asked by YouGov whether there should be a referendum in the next five years, although 44 percent still said there should not.

When it came to within the next 10 years, the majority view was that there should be a new EU referendum, with 46 percent saying there should be compared to 36 percent who said there should not.

YouGov’s tracker data also shows dissatisfaction with the Government’s handling of Brexit continues to be very high, with 72 percent saying they are doing badly.

Six in 10 (62 percent) believe Brexit has been more of a failure than a success, and a 55 percent majority say we were wrong to vote leave in the first place.

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Beth Mann, Political Researcher at YouGov, said: “Despite high levels of Bregret among the British public, this new polling shows that there is not necessarily a widespread appetite for another referendum anytime soon.

“However, there are strong party divisions that could swing campaigns as we head into the next election and beyond, with a significant majority of those who currently intend to vote Labour backing a referendum on re-joining the EU within [the] next five or 10 years.

“Our figures also suggest if a referendum were to be held now, Briton re-joining the EU would come out on top.

“So, while political leaders have time on their side, this polling suggests that there will likely come a point in the coming years when conversations about another referendum will be hard to avoid.”

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Unsurprisingly, Remain voters are most in favour of a new EU referendum, with 41 percent saying there should be one this year, 61 percent saying so within the next five years, and 70 percent in the next 10 years.

By contrast, only eight percent of Leave voters support a referendum this year while 16 percent think there should be one in the next five years and 20 percent within the next 10 years.

While Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has ruled out rejoining the EU, most of those who currently intend to vote Labour say there should be another referendum in the next five years (63 percent) or 10 years (69 percent).

This compares to current Tory voters at 13 percent and 21 percent respectively.

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If a referendum were to be held, YouGov’s figures suggest the Re-join side would likely win, with 50 percent of British voters saying they would vote to join the EU, compared to just 30 percent saying they would vote to stay out.

YouGov says this is heavily driven by those who currently intend to vote Labour and 2016 Remain voters, with 78 percent and 82 percent respectively saying they’d vote to re-join, compared to just 20 percent of current Conservative voters and 15 percent of Leave voters.

The polling company also reports a rise in the number of Britons seeing Brexit as “done” though overall they still think there is more of Brexit left to complete.

In February, only 18 percent of people thought Brexit was done, with 60 percent saying it was not. This has since risen to 30 percent saying Brexit is complete, although 49 percent still maintain it is not.

Most Remain voters say Brexit is not yet done, at 59 percent to 22 percent. Leave voters are split, with 40 percent seeing the UK’s exit from the bloc as done and dusted, compared to 45 percent who say it is not.

YouGov surveyed 2,101 British adults between August 8 and 9, 2023.

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