Britons sceptical on government Brexit strategy

A poll has revealed that most Britons think that the government is doing badly on Brexit.
A poll has revealed that most Britons think that the government is doing badly on Brexit.PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (AFP) - Only 16 per cent of Britons think the government is doing well on delivering Brexit while another 16 per cent think Britain will end up not leaving the European Union, according to a new poll published on Friday (Sept 30).

A majority of those surveyed (50 per cent) thought the government, which has revealed virtually nothing on its strategy so far, was doing badly on Brexit, the online YouGov poll for The Times newspaper found.

That included 22 per cent who thought the government had been doing "very badly" since the shock June referendum to leave.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said only that she will not invoke Article 50 - the start of the formal exit procedure - before the end of the year and that she wants to curb immigration from the EU.

Asked whether Britain would end up leaving the bloc, 67 per cent of the 1,658 respondents said it would, 16 per cent said it would not and 16 per cent said they did not know.

Among people who voted to stay in the EU, 20 per cent thought Britain would not leave the EU.

Asked about May's performance more than two months in the job after she took over from David Cameron, 46 per cent thought she was doing well overall.

But only 32 per cent said that she was likeable.

Foreign minister Boris Johnson, once seen as the most likely choice for prime minister and a key voice in the Brexit campaign, had only 29 per cent approval.

Another poll by YouGov with 3,887 respondents found that 1 per cent of Britons have applied for citizenship of another country as a result of the Brexit vote and 12 per cent have considered it.