Most people do not want second EU referendum - poll

There have been calls for a second EU referendum. Picture: Contributed
There have been calls for a second EU referendum. Picture: Contributed
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The majority of Britons do not want a second referendum on European Union membership once the government has reached a deal with the bloc, a ComRes poll has found.

More than half (57 per cent) rejected calls for a second poll – an idea backed by Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith – while 29 per cent said they were in favour.

Those surveyed also said by a 46 per cent to 38 per cent margin that Theresa May should continue as Prime Minister without a general election.

Mrs May also enjoyed a commanding lead over her main opponent, Jeremy Corbyn, with more than half (55 per cent) saying she is a strong leader compared to 13 per cent for the Labour leader.

Similarly, 48 per cent said Mrs May was good on the world stage compared to just 11 per cent for Mr Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn performed better on other aspects of leadership, with two in five (42 per cent) saying he understands ordinary people compared to 31 per cent for Mrs May.