A near majority of Britons would leave the EU on time, even without a deal, over delaying or cancelling Brexit.
The poll by Opinium published on Saturday, Aug. 10, revealed that a no-deal Brexit had a 17-point lead over the next most popular option—canceling Brexit.
The poll of 2,003 adults in the UK conducted between the Aug. 8 and Aug. 9, found that when asked what Prime Minister Boris Johnson should do if he is unable to make changes to the Withdrawal Agreement—enabling it to pass the House of Commons—46% of respondents said he should “go ahead with Brexit on Oct. 31 even if it means leaving with ‘no deal.’”
Just 12% back Johnson delaying Brexit for a third time “until we can negotiate a deal that can pass the House of Commons,” and less than one-third, 29%, said he should “cancel Brexit and decide to remain in the European Union after all.”
The poll also revealed that Britons are becoming increasingly convinced that the UK will leave the EU on the planned exit date, with 61% believing that Boris Johnson will make good on his promise, up from 53% two weeks ago.
The Opinium poll also revealed that 40% of respondents would want the prime minister to refuse to resign, and for him then call a snap General Election after Oct. 31 to ensure the UK leaves the EU by that date—even in a clean break. Just 29% said he should step down so another government could be formed to stop a no-deal Brexit.
Lord Jonathan Sumpton, a former Supreme court judge, said last week that Prime Minister Johnson was legally entitled to ignore a vote of no confidence and call an election even after a no-deal Brexit.
Boris Johnson has told civil servants that preparing for a no-deal Brexit must be their “top priority” as all leave for Government advisers was cancelled in the run-up to Britain’s EU withdrawal.
In a letter to officials, the British Prime Minister said he would “very much prefer” to leave on Oct. 31 with a new agreement with Brussels in place, but he recognised that “this may not happen.”
“That is why preparing urgently and rapidly for the possibility of an exit without a deal will be my top priority, and it will be the top priority for the Civil Service too,” he wrote.