Two thirds remain unimpressed by Government’s handling of Brexit

 Approval of Brexit negotiations 2nd-4th March

This month’s ORB Brexit Tracker shows little shift in public opinion as around two thirds (64%) continue to disapprove of the government’s approach to Brexit negotiations. As in previous waves, disapproval is highest among young people (77% of 18-24s) and higher among women than men (66% compared to 62%).

As interviewing coincided with Theresa May’s Mansion House speech on Friday, it was perhaps too early to see whether the Prime Minister’s words did anything to improve the public’s negative perceptions, which have hovered between 63% and 66% disapproval since November 2017.

The public also remain unconvinced of Theresa May’s ability to succeed at the negotiating table; only around 3 in 10 (31%) are confident that the Prime Minister will get the right deal for Britain. While this remains higher than her lowest recorded score in November 2017 (26%), it is also far from her peak of 47%, recorded in February of last year.

Regional differences in approval for Brexit negotiations

While more than half of respondents in every region say they disapprove of the government’s handling of negotiations, echoes of the original referendum vote can also be seen in the regional breakdown of responses.

Rates of disapproval remain significantly higher  a in Scotland (72%) and London (70%) than in the West Midlands (51%), the South East (56%), and the South West (57%).

There has been a dip in support for the Government’s approach in Wales, a nation which voted in favour of Brexit and expressed higher than average levels of support just one month ago. Between February and March, approval ratings have dropped by 18 percentage points to just 27% this month, with Welsh respondents expressing the highest levels of disapproval of any in the UK (73%).

Download the full tables here, and find last month’s tracker here.


N=2,000 interviews conducted among a representative sample of the UK adult population March 2nd-4th 2018. Questions have been asked over the first weekend of each month since November 2016. The statistical margin of error at the 95% confidence level is + 2.2%.