FourFourSeconds ago, the news broke that the UK is in the process of exiting the European Union, triggering one of the most hotly anticipated Brexit negotiations in history.
On Tuesday, the British government is expected to confirm that it has accepted the terms of a deal to withdraw from the EU.
The prime minister, Theresa May, is expected next week to announce the final details of the deal that will be reached by the end of March.
On Wednesday, she will hold a press conference with the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, and his team, to give an update on the process.
As Brexit negotiations have become more and more contentious, the public has become more vocal in its opposition to the deal, which will see the UK exit the EU without paying any tariffs, customs duties, or other obligations.
It is the latest sign of public unease over the Brexit process.
On Friday, more than 300,000 people attended a rally in central London against the deal in what was dubbed “the biggest rally for Brexit in Britain since 1975.”
The rally drew in thousands of people who supported Brexit.
The public is increasingly critical of the Brexit negotiations, with May having said in a speech last month that it would be “imperative” to “leave the single market” and customs union, in order to ensure that the country can continue to export to the EU and other markets.
The government has been criticized by some for its approach to the negotiations, and some politicians have suggested that the government could lose votes by pushing through a deal without the support of the British public.
However, many in the public support the government’s stance, saying that a Brexit deal would be good for the country and for the world.
Theresa May’s speech on June 23, 2019, in London: FourFourThe British public, however, is also divided over whether the Brexit talks should take place in secret or in public, with a majority of voters saying that they don’t want their elected representatives to be able to influence the outcome of the negotiations.
The latest opinion poll, published by YouGov in April, shows that the public is divided over the terms and conditions of a Brexit agreement, with 48% of respondents saying that it is a good idea for Britain to formally negotiate the deal with the EU, while 47% say that it should be done in public.
More than half of British people, or 53%, also support the Prime Minister’s decision to hold a public vote on the final terms of the divorce agreement with the bloc, and more than a third of respondents support the move.
While May has not been able to persuade enough people to vote for her Brexit deal, the numbers supporting the government in the poll are far from overwhelming.
According to YouGov, only 38% of the public think that the Prime Minster should not be able, or unwilling, to negotiate the terms, while 41% say she should be able and that the negotiations should take a public stance.
Meanwhile, 56% of Britons support a deal that would see Britain remain in the single European market, and 44% say they support a final agreement that would leave the single currency and customs tariff in place.
The British economy has been in decline since the Brexit vote, with the economy contracted by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2019, the same as in the same period last year.
According the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS), GDP fell by 0,6% in May 2019.
The pound has lost more than 2.2% against the dollar in the last two months, and sterling has lost around 1% against euro since the beginning of the year.
The economy is expected for a rebound in 2019, according to the ONS.