A recent YouGov poll indicates a significant shift in public sentiment towards Brexit, with over 50% of Britons expressing their support to rejoin the European Union. According to the survey, if a referendum on returning to the EU were organized now, 55% of respondents would vote in favor, while only 31% would vote against it. The findings demonstrate a growing belief that Brexit has been more of a failure than a success, with more than 60% of participants considering it a failure.
Brexit’s Economic Benefits Questioned by Respondents
The poll also highlights the perception that leaving the EU resulted in few economic benefits for the United Kingdom. Most respondents agreed that the decision to exit the EU did not bring significant economic advantages. These views align with the overall sentiment that Brexit has been unfavorable for the country.
Moderate Shift in Public Opinion since 2021
Comparing the results to a previous survey conducted in January 2021, the YouGov poll reveals a “moderate shift” in public opinion. In the earlier survey, 49% expressed their willingness to rejoin the EU, while 37% preferred to stay out. The recent poll indicates an increase in support for rejoining and a decrease in opposition.
Government’s Handling of Brexit Criticized
The YouGov poll also shows dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of Brexit, as 70% of respondents believe it has been managed poorly. This sentiment further reflects the prevailing belief that Brexit has not delivered the promised benefits and that the government’s approach to the process has been ineffective.
Freeports’ Economic Impact Questioned
Economists have raised doubts about the economic impact of freeports, special zones offering tax and customs reliefs, and simplified trade regulations. They argue that such measures are unlikely to significantly contribute to Britain’s economic growth. While some economists supporting Brexit believe that economic growth naturally slowed down after strong capital growth prior to 2016, others disagree, emphasizing the lack of substantial growth in British business investment since mid-2016 compared to other developed economies.
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