Brexit: More than 50 per cent of Brits do not believe Boris Johnson can get good deal with EU, poll reveals

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EXCLUSIVE: Research by Ipsos MORI found that 58 per cent of the public do not feel confident that there will be a successful outcome for Britain
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Most Britons do not believe Boris Johnson can get a good deal for the UK in Brexit negotiations – and also think the Government has failed to prepare for a no-deal outcome.

As the EU and UK teams begin a new round of official talks, research by Ipsos MORI found that 58 per cent of the public do not feel confident that there will be a successful outcome for Britain.

Only 26 per cent think the Government has prepared well for the possibility that talks will fail to reach any deal by December 31, the date that Britain is due to leave the EU single market and its smooth, borderless trading rules. Almost two thirds, 63 per cent, think ministers have done a bad job.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove travelled to Brussels this morning for talks on the Northern Ireland border dispute, starting a week of formal negotiations on future trade and co-operation between the EU and the UK.

Mr Gove will meet European Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič to discuss the Withdrawal Agreement after their last talks ended in acrimony over Boris Johnson's threats to rewrite the Northern Ireland protocol.

On Tuesday, the ninth round of negotiations on a future relationship between the two sides will continue in Brussels as time ticks down to December 31, the end of the transition period in which the UK remains in the single market and follows EU rules.

Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin said he is "not optimistic" that a trade deal will be struck. He said the UK's Internal Market Bill enabling the UK to break international law had "eroded trust".

Asked who would be most to blame for a talks failure, 44 per cent of Britons named the UK government, while 40 per cent said it would be the EU's fault. That marks a shift against the EU since last year when only 32 per cent blamed the EU and 48 per cent blamed the UK.

Downing Street is convinced that talks are progressing well in private, despite seething public spats over the Irish border and Mr Johnson's claims that the EU has threatened a food blockade.

And public pessimism has eased compared with a year ago when the Prime Minister was battling with Parliament and the courts to enable Brexit to happen at all. A minority of 39 per cent feel confident the PM will get a…
JOE MURPHY
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