'We just want out': Brexiters start to embrace idea of no-deal exit from EU

Demonstrators marching in London last Saturday calling for a "People's Vote" on British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal. A poll released last Thursday found that if Parliament rejects Mrs May's deal for a third time, 46 per cent of responden
Demonstrators marching in London last Saturday calling for a "People's Vote" on British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal. A poll released last Thursday found that if Parliament rejects Mrs May's deal for a third time, 46 per cent of respondents would prefer a no-deal exit over 39 per cent who preferred delaying to allow for a public vote.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

LONDON • Three years ago, as Britons were preparing to vote in a referendum on whether to leave the European Union, Conservative Party lawmaker John Redwood put forward a proposal: Rather than bet on negotiating a favourable trade deal with its former club, Britain should get ready to simply walk away.

But Mr Redwood was an outlier, part of the Conservative Party's eurosceptic fringe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2019, with the headline ''We just want out': Brexiters start to embrace idea of no-deal exit from EU'. Subscribe