71% of the junior end of the legal professions still want to remain a part of the EU, Legal Cheek reported after running an exclusive Brexit survey of over 839 law students and lawyers.
The next most popular version among respondents was a Canada-style deal, which 12% supported. 9% voted in favour of a hard Brexit on WTO rules, while 6% voted for a Norway-style. 2% voted for a Chequers deal.
The respondents to the survey were roughly half law students and half lawyers (including trainee solicitors and pupil barristers). 70.9% of the former want to stay in the UK, and 70.7% of the latter. Preliminary results were presented to 200 students at Legal Cheek’s Friday event, ‘What does Brexit mean for future lawyers?’ at Linklaters.
The results aren’t much difference to the survey Legal Cheek conducted before the Brexit referendum, which found that 75% of the legal profession wanted to remain.
Lawyers have been involved in various legal challenges as a result of Brexit talks, which broadly aim to prevent departure from the EU. Today, a letter signed by 1,500 lawyers demands a ‘People’s Vote’, which would ultimately delay the process and create time for a second referendum.
Others take a more pragmatic view, expressing regret about the referendum, but respecting the overall result and process that led to it. Whilst some are anticipating disaster, others are looking to concentrate their energy on making the best of what is to come.