Just 12 per cent of British voters want the government to “abandon Brexit completely” and keep the UK locked inside the European Union (EU), a new poll has revealed.
Even among those who voted to remain in the bloc, the proportion committed to blocking Brexit were a minority, with just 29 per cent wishing to abandon the divorce, according to the survey of 1,680 adults taken on the 10th and 11th of this month by YouGov.
In fact, in none of the demographic or political groupings surveyed did a majority want the Brexit vote “abandoned completely”.
The group most committed to Brexit was those who voted leave, with just 2 per cent wanting the vote to now be abandoned. Those most against it were people intending to vote Liberal Democrats, with 37 per cent wanting to keep Britain in the European Union.
**your regular twitter reality check**
% who want to abandon Brexit completely:
middle/upper class: 19%
18-24 yr olds: 21%
Lib Dems: 37%
YouGov, Dec 10-11
— Matthew Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) December 12, 2017
Only four per cent of Conservative supporters and 24 per cent of those backing Labour wanted Brexit abandoned.
In Scotland, which voted against Brexit, 23 per cent wanted the national vote ignored and among the middle and upper classes, it was just 19 per cent.
Among young people – know to be generally more pro-EU – just 21 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 18 per cent of 25 to 49-year-old wanted the will of the people abandoned.
Just 11 per cent of 50 to 64-year-olds and the over 65s wanted Brexit abandoned. 17 per cent of respondent did not know.
Former UKIP leader and Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage ironically urged opponents of Brexit to “look away” as he shared the poll results on social media.
Other options presented to respondents included “the government should continue with Brexit on its current negotiating terms,” with 45 per cent agreeing.
Ten per cent said “the government should reconsider its aims in Brexit negotiation, and seek a ‘softer’ Brexit” and 19 per cent thought leaders “should offer a second referendum to see if Britain still wants to go ahead with Brexit.”