Politics

Majority of Britons Oppose Second Brexit Referendum: Poll

Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty that deals with the mechanism for departure is pictured near an EU flag following Britain's referendum results to leave the European Union, in this photo illustration taken in Brussels, Belgium, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Illustration/File Photo

Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty that deals with the mechanism for departure is pictured near an EU flag following Britain’s referendum results to leave the EU, in this photo illustration taken in Brussels, Belgium, June 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

London: The majority of Britons are opposed to a second referendum on membership of the EU and almost half believe new Prime Minister Theresa May should carry on without calling a general election, according to a poll published on Saturday, July 16.

A survey by ComRes for the Sunday Mirror and Independent newspapers found that 57% of those asked didn’t support a second referendum on Brexit against 29% who did.

A total of 46% thought May should not call an election while 38% thought she should go to the country to get support for her programme to take Britain out of the bloc it joined in 1973.

In June’s referendum, 52% of those who took part voted to leave the EU while 48% voted to stay, prompting calls among many shocked “Remain” supporters for a re-run. Four million people signed a petition to seek a second referendum. But May, who took over as prime minister after David Cameron resigned in the wake of the result, has ruled out a second vote, saying “Brexit means Brexit“.

The ruling Conservative Party narrowly won the last general election in 2015 and May has said there should not be another one until 2020.

ComRes interviewed 2,097 adults online between July 13 and 15.

(Reuters)