Survey reveals almost half of Merseyside want a second referendum on EU

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Nearly half of individuals in Merseyside hope to have a second referendum on Brexit and over half want to remain in the EU until a deal is settled.Those are the results of a survey of Liverpool Echo readers that shows that 47.4{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} of people are in favour of a vote on the terms of any EU exit deal, making them some of the most excited in the country for a second vote.

It also shows that 50.5{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} of readers feel more concerned about the future than six months ago, based on what they have heard about negotiations to leave the EU.

Support another vote is split between those who voted Remain, with 69.6{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} tending to agree or strongly agreeing with a second vote, and Leave voters, just 15.5{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} in favour.

Leave voters are more likely to strongly disagree that a second vote is needed (66.6{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20}), than Remain voters are to strongly agree that one is needed (52.7{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20}).

More than half surveyed (51.8{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20}) said staying in the Customs Union was more important than border control (48.2{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20}), with 87.2{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} of Leave voters prioritising borders and 76.4{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} of Remain voters prioritising the Customs Union.

Three-quarters of Remainers (76.3{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20}) feel less confident about the future than six months ago based on what they have heard about negotiations to leave the EU compared to 17.8{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} of Leave voters.

Three-quarters of those who responded to the survey (72.3{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20}) said they don’t think there was enough information during the Referendum campaign around the whole Brexit process. This includes 49.1{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} of Leave voters and 88.9{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} of Remain voters.

When asked whether they had more or less confidence in the Government’s handling of Brexit compared to six months ago, 63.2{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} said they had less, 20.9{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} said it was the same, and just 7.3{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} said they had more confidence.

If a deal can’t be reached before the 2019 deadline, the most popular option among readers was to stay in the EU until a deal was confirmed, with over half backing this (51.6{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20}) – though support was split, with backing from 78.7{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} of Remain voters and 13{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} of Leave voters.

Asked about how likely they would be to back a ‘transition period’ of 3 years, which would mean staying in the Customs Union and with free movement if a deal was not reached by 2019, 48.5{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} said they were very or somewhat likely to support it, compared to 30{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} who were unlikely to support.

Confidence has plunged among Remain supporters, with 79.6{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20} saying they have less assurance in the Government, but approximately half of Leave voters (46.5{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20}) are also feeling less assured.

Although Leave voters are the most likely to have improved confidence in the Government’s management of Brexit, it’s still just one in seven of them (13.9{4fdb5acd4891bace33ada2338e55dfcfb4968d3d0c3ddd4319d06b6e16894e20}) who are giving the thumbs up.

The study, run in partnership with Google Surveys, was finished online by 3,000 individuals who visited the Liverpool Echo website.

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