Almost 50% of UK Voters Disapprove Government Brexit Handling - Poll

According to a poll, almost half of UK voters are dissatisfied with the government's handling of Brexit.

A pro-Brexit supporter (R) from Invoke Article 50 Now!, dressed as a judge, stands in front of Pro-European Union (EU) supporters outside the entrance to The Royal Courts of Justice, Britain's High Court, in London on October 13, 2016, during a protest against the UK's decision to leave the EU. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Almost half of UK voters are dissatisfied with the government's handling of Brexit, a poll showed on Wednesday.

"Almost half of the public (48%) believe the government is doing a bad job at handling Britain’s exit from the European Union, with 37% saying it is doing a good job," the Ipsos MORI pollster said in a statement after releasing its latest research.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to start the process of leaving the European Union before the end of March, yet this has been complicated by High Court ruling that the government must seek parliamentary approval for making the initial step of triggering article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Public service employees have warned that the task ahead may prove to be overwhelming, with the leading civil service union on Tuesday criticizing the government over failing to allocate resources in advance.

Regarding the parliamentary issue, Ipsos MORI respondents leaned toward limiting the parliament's role to a sole vote on triggering article 50. A total of 44 percent shared this view, while 37 percent thought that the parliament should have a further role in shaping the future UK-EU relationship. There is a clear Conservative-Labour split, with most of the former supporting less parliament involvement and most of the latter supporting a larger role for the parliament.

May's approval ratings fared better than the handling of Brexit, with 54 percent of respondents satisfied with her performance and just 30 percent dissatisfied, according to the poll. Conservative support for the prime minister was even higher.

The poll was conducted on November 11-14, questioning a weighed sample of 1,013 adults.

On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

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