Nearly half of voters say £3bn Brexit divorce bill 'unacceptable' - poll

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3rd April 2017

Nearly half of voters would not accept the UK having to pay a Brexit divorce bill of just £3bn, according to a new poll.

Opposition to a Brexit divorce bill is hardening among voters.
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The ICM survey for The Guardian shows that nearly two-thirds (64%) would object to a £10bn bill, with opposition rising to 70% when a payout of £20bn is suggested.

Senior EU figures have suggested that Britain could be landed with a bill of up to £60bn when it quits the bloc to cover spending commitments it has already made.

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But the poll suggests any kind of financial settlement would be politically damaging for Theresa May, who has refused to rule out agreeing some kind of divorce bill when Brexit negotiations finally get underway.

According to the poll, some 46% of British voters would find a £3bn payout "not acceptable", compared to just 33% who would support it.

Nearly half - 47% - also object to the UK continuing to abide by European Court of Justice rulings for a few years after Brexit, although 54% back the continuation of free movement of EU citizens during any transitional arrangement.

Elsewhere, the poll of 2,005  also confirms the Conservatives continue to enjoy a strong lead over Labour.

Asked who they would vote for in a general election, 43% said the Tories and 25% said Labour. The Lib Dems and Ukip are both on 11%.

The last time support for Labour was so low in an ICM poll was in August 2009, when Gordon Brown was Prime Minister.