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UK voters should make final Brexit decision if talks with EU collapse - poll




If Brexit talks break down without a deal, half of Britons believe the final decision over whether to leave the European Union should be taken by the public in a referendum, according to a survey of more than 10,000 people published on Friday.
The YouGov poll, conducted July 31-August 7 and commissioned by the pro-referendum "People's Vote" campaign, found 45% of voters supported holding a new referendum whatever the outcome of talks with the EU, while 34% opposed it.
If negotiations with the EU fail to produce a trade deal, 50% said the public should vote on whether to leave the bloc anyway, while 25% said lawmakers should decide by voting in parliament.
"Across the spectrum, the message from voters in this survey is clear: if the government and parliament can't sort out Brexit, the people should," said Peter Kellner, a former president of YouGov.
With less than eight months until Britain is due to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May has yet to find a plan for future ties that pleases both sides of her divided party and is acceptable to negotiators in Brussels.
She has proposed a compromise that would keep Britain in a free trade zone with the EU for manufactured and...

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