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Two thirds believe Britain is on the right track following Brexit vote, new poll shows

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Boris Johnson and Theresa May during a cabinet meeting CREDIT: STEFAN ROUSSEAU

Two thirds of people believe Britain is on the right track following the Brexit vote and most believe the economy will do well over the next year, a new poll has revealed.

Research found that 59 per cent of people said the UK is moving in the right direction, including almost 30 per cent of those who voted to remain in the EU in the recent referendum.

The poll, conducted by Lord Ashcroft, shows that the majority of the 8,000 people asked are optimistic about Britain’s future outside the union, despite fears that a vote to leave would cause economic uncertainty.

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David Cameron resigns CREDIT: GETTY

In the wake of David Cameron’s resignation following the vote, Theresa May also received high levels of support, according to the research.

Around 67 per cent of people said she would make the best Prime Minister, including 42 per cent of people who voted Labour in the 2015 election.

In fact Jeremy Corbyn, the current leader of the Labour Party, only managed to score seven percentage points higher than the Conservative Mrs May among voters from his own party when asked who would make the best Prime Minister.

Mr Corbyn fared badly among those who responded to the poll, with voters branding him “out of touch”, “out of his depth” and “weak”, while Mrs May was viewed as “capable”, “statesmanlike”, “confident”, “stylish” and “sharp”.

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn CREDIT: REUTERS

The research concluded: “Some even said they had felt a ‘sigh of relief’ on hearing she had taken over, as she was the right leader for the times: ‘We needed someone who had been around, who had experience like her, because of everything that is happening at the moment’.”

The extensive research, which was conducted between August 11-22 and included a number of focus groups, also found that 64 per cent of people believe negotiating the Britain’s exit from the EU is one of the most important issues facing the country, followed by keeping the economy on track.

Around 52 per cent said that controlling migration should be the top priority when it comes to balancing immigration and access to the single market during the UK’s negotiations with its EU partners.

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While 81 per cent said that continuing to pay into the EU budget would not represent a true Brexit and 79 per cent said the same when it came to allowing new foreign nationals the right to live and work in the UK freely.

However 77 per cent said that EU nationals already living in the UK should be allowed to stay. Mrs May yesterday said she is hopeful that the Government will be able to provide this assurance to EU nationals, as long as Britons living abroad get the same protection.

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