Mar 10, 2019 11:45 Asia/Tehran
  • Young Britons want to remain in the EU

According to a new opinion poll, most of the newly eligible voters in Britain would oppose Brexit in a second referendum.

Iran Press/Europe: A new survey in Britain has shown that three-quarters of newly eligible voters would back remain in a second poll.

According to a new poll, young people are strongly in favour of a people’s vote – with only 9% against it, Guardian reported.

The poll suggests that some 87% of people who were too young to cast a ballot in the 2016 Brexit referendum, but have since reached voting age would definitely take part if a second public vote were called.

Also, of the estimated 2 million new young voters, 74% would back remain.

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The survey carried out by BMG on behalf of the anti-Brexit youth groups 'Our Future, Our Choice' and 'For Our Future's Sake', suggests the youth vote would be crucial in any second remain campaign and could significantly boost its chances of overturning the 2016 leave result.

The survey polled two groups: those who were too young to vote in 2016 and those who were eligible to vote but chose not to. Some 72% of those too young to vote in the original referendum feel it would be unfair if Britain left the EU without them having been able to vote on the issue.

Only 3% of this demographic believe Britain’s standing in the world has increased since the referendum in June 2016.

On 26 February, the British Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would offer MPs the chance to vote for either a no-deal Brexit or a delay to the UK departing the EU.

Further figures from the survey reveal that only 4% of this age group have had contact with their local MPs regarding Brexit.

The proportion of young voters who would be angry if Britain left the EU without a public vote significantly outweighs those who would be happy – 55% to 9%.

Lara Spirit, co-founder of 'Our Future, Our Choice', said: “It’s great that we were able to poll a group that isn’t talked about enough in the Brexit debate – those who didn’t get a vote because they were too young.

"The government hasn’t done anything to address young people’s concerns around Brexit. That’s why we’re more united on the issue than on anything else," she added.

Kira Lewis, speaking on behalf of For 'Our Future’s Sake', said: "Young people are rightly furious, watching older generations take our futures away from us. We will be marching on 23 March to demand a people’s vote."

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