Poll: majority of voters now want UK to remain in EU

A recent poll found a majority of Brits wish to remain in the UK. (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

A recent poll found a majority of Brits wish to remain in the UK. (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

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A majority of voters now want Britain to remain in the European Union, according to a poll.

But there was little sign that the ultra-slim 51%-49% majority in favour of Remain reflected a change of heart since the 52%-48% referendum vote to Leave.

Just 3 per cent of Leave voters polled by BMG Research said they would now vote Remain, while 4% of those who backed EU membership on June 23 said they would switch in the other direction.

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The Remain camp’s advantage came from voters who did not take part in the referendum, 46% of whom said they would now back EU membership, against 27% who would vote to Leave.

BMG found that the Conservatives were ranked the best party to handle Brexit negotiations with the remaining EU, with the backing of 36% of voters, against 10% for Labour, 9% for Ukip and 2% each for Liberal Democrats and Greens.

BMG polled 1,546 UK adults between October 19 and 24.

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