UK public split if forced to choose between free-trade or immigration limits

accept free movement in exchange for free trade 49%
don't accept free movement in exchange for free trade 51%
Should Britain accept freedom of movement of people in exchange for free trade with EU countries?Source: NatCen Social Research

A report by the National Centre for Social Research finds that 90% of UK voters want free-trade with the EU to continue after Brexit, including 94% of Remain supporters and 90% of Leave supporters, while 70% want limits to EU migration, including 55% of Remain supporters and 85% of Leave supporters.

However, when asked whether they would support a deal that allowed people to freely come to the UK from the EU to live and work in return for allowing UK firms to trade freely with the EU, respondents split 49% in favour and 51% against, with 70% of Remain supporters in favour and 70% of Leave supporters against.

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  • Our original Brexit report draws on detailed economic modelling to assess the impact of different Brexit scenarios.
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  • Involving key politicians from across Europe, we have simulated UK-EU negotiations for two main scenarios: (1) the UK seeking a new deal after having left the EU and (2) the UK renegotiating EU reform from within.

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