Leave Voters are Now More Pessimistic About Brexit


According to new research that was published today, a majority of Leave voters believe that the government of the United Kingdom is badly handling Brexit discussions and will end up with a bad deal.

A new report by John Curtice, a pollster for the National Centre for Social Research and What UK Thinks has discovered that while the people who voted for Brexit in 2016 still believe that they made the right decision, there has been a sudden increase in pessimism among them regarding how the negotiations are going.

The report, which is based on responses that were collected from over 2,000 Brits in October, discovered that:

  • The proportion of Leave voters who believe that the United Kingdom will be able to secure a good Brexit deal has dropped from 51 percent in February to 28 percent in October.
  • 21 percent of Leave voters think that the Conservative government of Theresa May has been handling the Brexit negotiations well, down from 42 percent in February

These findings surface as Theresa May faces a race against time to convince the European Union that “sufficient progress” has been made on Britain’s financial settlement, citizens’ rights, and the Irish border for discussion to move onto trade and transition.

And regarding how the government of the United Kingdom has handled Brexit discussion, Leave voters also believe that the side of the European Union has also handled talks badly.

The report, which was presented at a seminar by Curtice in Westminster on Wednesday, also discovered that long-term patterns continue in regards to the perception of the public regarding Brexit.

For example, the British public continues to desire what has been called as the “have your cake and eat it” style of Brexit, based on Britain obtaining back control of immigration from the European Union while also maintaining free trade arrangements with the bloc.

Overall, there has been no notable recent shift in public opinion on whether Britain should withdraw from the European Union.

On Wednesday, Curtis said that there had been a 2 percent swing in favour of Remain, with his newest findings revealing a result of 53-47 which is in favour of Remain. However, this is virtually constant since February 2017.