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Brits Spur on Brexit: Just 9% Praise Outcome; think tank research


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A recent study conducted by the think-tank UK In a Changing Europe (UKICE) has shed light on the prevailing sentiment among British voters regarding Brexit.

The findings indicate that a mere 9% of respondents believe that the process of leaving the European Union (EU) has been a success. Furthermore, the study reflects growing pessimism among voters, with less than one-third (30%) expressing optimism about the eventual outcome of Brexit. Even among those who initially voted in favor of leaving the EU in 2016, only 61% still anticipate a positive outcome. These findings raise important questions about the future of Brexit and its impact on British politics.


The Study’s Key Findings:


Overwhelming Dissatisfaction: The study’s standout revelation is the overwhelming dissatisfaction among British voters with how Brexit has unfolded. Only 9% consider it a success, indicating a lack of confidence in the process.


Pessimism About the Future: The study also highlights a growing sense of pessimism about Brexit’s future. With only 30% of respondents expressing optimism, it’s clear that many are skeptical about a favorable outcome.


Leave Voters’ Doubts: Even among those who voted in favor of leaving the EU in 2016, doubts about the policy’s future success persist. Just 61% of Leave voters maintain optimism regarding Brexit’s eventual outcome.


Hypothetical Rejoining Referendum: In a hypothetical scenario involving a referendum on rejoining the EU, 48% of respondents would vote to rejoin, while 32% would vote against it, leaving a significant portion of the electorate undecided.


Interpreting the Results:


Despite the growing gap in favor of rejoining the EU, the authors of the report caution against assuming that widespread dissatisfaction with Brexit automatically translates into support for rejoining the bloc. The report underscores the complexities of public sentiment and suggests that many individuals who are unhappy with Brexit’s implementation may not necessarily endorse a return to the EU.


Challenges for Political Leaders:


The study’s findings have significant implications for political leaders in the UK. Anand Menon, director of UKICE, notes that both the Conservative and Labour parties face constraints when it comes to their Brexit policies. The study suggests that Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, may find it challenging to use Brexit as a political weapon, given that many Leave supporters attribute Brexit’s perceived failure to government incompetence. Similarly, Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, faces the task of explaining how his proposed revisions to the UK-EU relationship will address the economic challenges attributed to Brexit.




The UKICE study paints a clear picture of widespread dissatisfaction with the course of Brexit among British voters. While a significant portion of the electorate expresses pessimism about the policy’s future, the study also highlights the complexity of public sentiment. The findings underscore the challenges faced by political leaders in navigating the Brexit landscape and suggest that the issue remains highly contentious in British politics, despite attempts to downplay its significance. As the UK continues to grapple with the aftermath of Brexit, the study’s insights will likely play a crucial role in shaping political discourse and strategies in the years to come.

M Moiz
M Moiz
M Moiz, is Research Student at Islamabad research Institute and work with THE THINK TANK JOURNAL

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