Two months ago, Nigel Farage declared that Brexit had failed. Now, he’s not alone.
According to a new YouGov poll, the proportion of Brits who say leaving the European Union was a mistake has hit an all-time high. YouGov surveyed over 2000 British people, of whom 63% believed Brexit has been more of a failure than a success. A mere 12% saw it as a success while 18% said it had been neither.
55% of the same respondents said that if a referendum were held again tomorrow, they would vote to rejoin while 31% said they would opt to stay out of the bloc. Some 57% now see the 2016 vote to leave the EU as the wrong decision while 32% still think it was justified.
When Farage declared Brexit’s failure in May, Rishi Sunak responded by boasting about the advantages Brexit was bringing in. He cited his flagship policy of freeports and VAT cuts that he claimed would make beer and sanitary products cheaper.
But Sunak, it seems, is not fooling anyone. On Thursday, he could become the first prime minister since Harold Wilson to lose three seats at a by-election, with Boris Johnson’s seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip up for grabs as well as Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire and Somerton and Frome in Somerset. The by-elections fall at a time when the Conservatives sit 22 points behind Labour in the most recent poll, painting far from a pretty picture for the government.
Meanwhile, Labour leader Keir Starmer remains undeterred about his vague stance of ‘making Brexit work’ – regardless of whether the country is behind the sentiment.