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“No deal” Brexiteers don’t have the backing of the public

The results of the Brexit “Citizens’ Assembly” in Manchester show that

By Alan Renwick  

Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images

The British public would prefer the UK to stay in the single market and customs union than do no deal on future relations with the EU. Some politicians might be talking tough, but that is not what their voters actually want.

This, at least, is the evidence from a new exercise in deepening democratic discussion: the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit. Unlike most measures of public opinion, citizens’ assemblies explore what people want once they have had the chance to learn about the options and…

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