With the shadow of a rocky general election looming over her, British prime minister Theresa May has finally set about laying out the terms upon which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union in March 2019. There have been hiccups, with a lot of confusion among her cabinet over the possibility of a “transition period” with relation to things like free movement. Brexit will not just affect the UK – things will change dramatically within the EU, there are trade deals to be made (including a much maligned potential deal with the USA) and these negotiations will seal the fates of many internationals living within the United Kingdom. Here’s a little bit of insight into how the public feels about the government’s grasp on Brexit negotiations.

Would you prefer a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit?

While the government leans more towards a totall pull-out from the EU (the so-called “cliff edge” scenario), many other are advocating for a “soft” Brexit, which would involve the UK staying part of some EU institutions in exchange for concessions on things like the freedom of movement. Readers of different publications have very different ideas what the best option is.

Should the UK keep freedom of movement after Brexit?

Immigration was one of the biggest issues on which the referendum was fought, but some politicians and campaigners are calling for the UK to maintain the EU’s open border policy. 76% of The Independent’s readers think the country’s borders should remain open.

Should the UK remain part of the customs union and single market?

Another key point in withdrawal from the European Union is whether or not to remain part of the customs union and single market, and the UK’s opposition Labour Party is torn over the best way to proceed. The Telegraph’s readers mostly think pulling out of those institutions is the right thing to do.

Do you think Brexit is starting to affect your personal finances?

The changes brought about by the UK’s decision to leave the EU are already appearing, even though the official exit date isn’t until 2019. 49% of HuffPost UK readers say they’ve already started to see a difference in their daily lives.


SOMETHING INTERESTING…

In September, Germany holds a federal election which sees Angela Merkel, the chancellor of 17 years, face off with SPD leader Martin Schulz. Despite an early poll boost when he was elected leader of his party, our statistics from nine of Germany’s biggest publishers now show less than 20% of Germans expecting a win from the populist centre-left candidate. Nearly 500,000 people have voted in Opinary’s Schulz Pulse coverage – here’s how things break down. 71.57% of respondents think Angela Merkel will remain Chancellor.

And this is the distribution based on location, showing that people in Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein are the most confident of Merkel’s chances, while the people in Saxony and the Saarland predict a boost for Schulz.


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Do you agree with restrictions on diesel vehicles? Germany has long had a love affair with diesel, but new statistics released this month showed a big decrease, partly because of regulations aimed at limiting emissions. FAZ.net readers are split over the rules.

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That’s all for now. Until next time, auf Wiedersehen.

 


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