This paper examines the public’s Brexit priorities particularly looking at the importance of securing a free trade deal with the EU, stopping contributions to the EU budget, regaining control of EU immigration, and ending the role of the EU in UK law-making.
• When respondents are asked to pick from among a number of different negotiating priorities, achieving free trade with both the EU and countries outside the EU appears to be a top priority.
• Yet when presented with a choice between ‘soft’ Brexit on the one hand and ‘hard’ Brexit on the other, opinion remains decidedly split.
• There has been little overall change in the public’s relative preference for ‘soft’ Brexit since the EU referendum took place.
The views expressed in this research paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative.