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Majority back second referendum if no deal on Brexit: UK poll

More than half of Britons would back a second referendum if the UK faced crashing out of the European Union without a trade deal, a poll suggests.

The BMG Research poll found that 57% of those who expressed a view would back a fresh public vote if the UK was set to leave the bloc and resort to World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms, with 43% opposed.

Overall, 42% of people backed a second referendum in a "no deal" scenario, 32% opposed a second vote and 26% said they did not know.

The poll, for the progressive Left Foot Forward website, found that 74% of Labour supporters who expressed an opinion backed a second vote if the UK faced WTO terms and tariffs.

The figure was 81% among supporters of the SNP and Liberal Democrats, but just 36% among Tories.

The overall 57% figure is a marginal increase on last month, when 54% backed a second vote if Theresa May fails to strike a deal with Brussels.

BMG Research interviewed a representative sample of 1,513 UK adults online between January 9 and 12.

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