• Overall public approval of Brexit negotiations has increased to 55% following trigger of article 50 • Public approval of Brexit negotiations up 18% since November • Public confidence that we can actually reduce immigration has fallen • Free trade seen as priority over immigration control for the first time since November
The British public’s approval of Brexit negotiations is on the up following the triggering of Article 50, this month's Brexit Confidence Tracker reveals. For the third consecutive month, more than half of the British public (55%) approves of the way that Brexit negotiations are being handled, with disapproval falling to its lowest level yet (45%).
As potential details of Brexit negotiations get closer on the horizon, access to free trade is seen as a greater priority than limiting immigration for the first time since November of last year. Closer reading of the data also reveals that this swing in opinion is driven largely by over-65s, with those who prioritise immigration dropping dramatically from 61% in March to 47% in April.
Overall confidence that immigration can be controlled is also down, with only 58% believing that we will have greater control over immigration once withdrawal from the EU is complete.
Johnny Heald, Managing Director of ORB International says:
Since November the British public are slowly becoming more comfortable with idea’ of Brexit and, each month, more are approving of the way in which the Government is dealing with negotiations However, as these talks develop, it's interesting that the public is increasingly concerned more about free trade agreements than immigration marking a reversal of the preference aired during the campaign
Full data tables can be downloaded here.