Boris Johnson is insistent – if a new deal on the terms of Brexit is not agreed with the EU by the end of October, the UK should be prepared to leave without a deal.
But attempts are being made by MPs to pass legislation that would outlaw a no-deal Brexit. Both sides claim voters support their point of view.
So, what is the evidence of the polls?
Support for no-deal?
Within the past two months, four polls have asked people if they are for or against leaving without a deal.
Despite differences in the wording of the questions, the results are remarkably consistent.
Slightly more people say they are opposed to leaving without a deal than state they are in favour.
However, there is a sharp difference between Remain and Leave voters.
Whereas about three out of four of those who voted Remain in 2016 say they are opposed to leaving without a deal, the position among Leave voters is almost exactly the reverse.
The debate divides the country in much the same way as the 2016 referendum did. At that time, 52% voted Leave and 48% Remain.
So, why do the polls suggest more people oppose than support leaving without a deal?
The answer lies in the views of those who did not vote three years ago. Only about one in five (21%) of non-voters support leaving without a deal, while twice as many (43%) are opposed.
An acceptable compromise?
Still, the government’s policy is not to leave the EU without a deal whatever the circumstances. Rather, it only proposes doing so if a satisfactory deal is not obtained by the end of October. Read more