Most Britons oppose second referendum on EU exit - poll

People who are part of a crowd enjoying "A Picnic to discuss Brexit" in London on July 9, 2016.
People who are part of a crowd enjoying "A Picnic to discuss Brexit" in London on July 9, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

LONDO (REUTERS) - The majority of Britons are opposed to a second referendum on membership of the European Union 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 per cent of those asked did not support a second referendum on Brexit against 29 per cent who did.

A total of 46 per cent thought May should not call an election while 38 per cent 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 per cent of those who took part voted to leave the EU while 48 per cent 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.