Exit polls in the EU referendum have shown that a majority of the British public want to stay in the bloc and remain in the single market, but many are also concerned about a potential surge in xenophobic violence.
The results show that a strong majority of voters would prefer the UK to remain in and remain a member of the single European market and customs union (EEU), according to a YouGov survey.
Brexit voters are also more likely to say they would prefer a “less liberal” immigration policy, according to the survey, with only about half of those surveyed saying they would want a “moderate” approach to immigration.
The poll found that 55 per cent of respondents would prefer to remain a full member of and to remain inside the EU’s customs union, compared to 44 per cent who would prefer that the UK leave the bloc.
The YouGov poll also found that a large majority of Britons want the UK’s trade relationship with the EU to be stronger, with nearly half (48 per cent) saying they want the government to negotiate a stronger trade deal with the bloc, while another 38 per cent said they would like a “faster” trade deal.
There were also signs that the Leave campaign may have been gaining ground after a strong showing in a Yougov survey that found voters were more likely than Remainers to want the prime minister to stay as prime minister, even if he is not in the government.
Remainers are also much more likely now to think that the country will leave the EU if it does not get a better deal in the trade talks, compared with when the campaign was in full swing.