UK support for Remain highest since referendum

British Prime Minister Theresa May walks by the British flag during an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels last week. (AP)
Updated 17 December 2017

UK support for Remain highest since referendum

LONDON: A new poll on Brexit has revealed a major swing toward remaining in the EU as British PM Theresa May vowed the process to leave the bloc would not be derailed.
Commissioned by The Independent newspaper and carried out by BMG Research, the poll showed that 51 percent of British voters would now back remaining in the EU, with 41 percent wanting Brexit.
The poll shows the biggest gap between Remain and Leave since the June 2016 referendum.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday, May said: “We have proven the doubters wrong and are making progress toward a successful exit from the EU.”
The prime minister went on to say that since the European Council confirmed that sufficient progress had been made on the so-called divorce bill, the Irish border and EU citizens’ rights in the UK, the negotiating teams will now move on to “begin discussions on the new, deep and special partnership that we want to build between the United Kingdom and the European Union.”
The Independent’s poll asked 1400 people: “Should the UK remain a member of the EU, or leave the EU?”
When those who answered “don’t know” were encouraged to pick one way or the other, the Remain lead rose to 11 points.
Speaking to The Independent, BMG Research’s head of polling, Dr. Michael Turner, said: “Our polling suggests that about a year ago, those who did not vote in the referendum were broadly split, but today’s poll shows that they are now overwhelmingly in favor of remaining in the EU.”


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LONDON: Climate change activists disrupted rail services in the east of London on Thursday, with pictures on social media showing protesters sat on trains during the morning commute.
British Transport Police said they had responded to incidents at Shadwell, Stratford and Canning Town, near to London’s Canary Wharf financial district.
“Arrests have already been made and officers are working to quickly resume services,” the police said in a statement.