support for Brexit hits rock bottom

According to a YouGov poll, 56% of Britons now think Brexit was a mistake. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak nevertheless promises not to renew a relationship with Europe that will be based “on alignment with EU laws”

In Britain, Brexit is increasingly unpopular. According to a poll published by the YouGov institute last week, support for leaving the EU has reached its lowest level across the Channel, with 56% of Britons believing it was a mistake.

Brexit remains an explosive issue in Britain, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday having to deny press reports that the government wanted to ease the conditions for leaving the EU. “Let me be clear about this. Under my authority, the UK will not seek any relationship with Europe that is based on alignment with EU laws,” said pro-Brexit pro Rishi Sunak. the first hour, at a conference of the CBI, the country’s main employers’ organization, adding that Brexit “already brings important benefits and opportunities to the country”.

The United Kingdom left the European Union in January 2021 after years of an intense political battle to fix the new relationship between the two entities. Sunday, the Sunday Times had claimed that “members of the government are planning to set the UK on a path towards a relationship similar to that which Switzerland has with the European Union”. An initiative that would be “intended to strengthen economic ties” with the EU. This information caused an outcry among Brexit supporters. “The government needs to focus on what it needs to do, rather than trying to reopen an already settled debate on Europe,” Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith said in the columns of Sun.


“Don’t betray us on Brexit,” said the popular Daily Mail, a big defender of leaving the EU, on Monday. In an attempt to quell the outcry, a Conservative government spokesman had already dismissed such a project on Sunday, calling the article “categorically false”. And on Monday morning, the Secretary of State for Immigration Robert Jenrick assured that Britain now had “a well-defined position” on its relationship with Brussels, with the agreement reached in 2019.

The UK has thus left the single market, although trade remains largely duty-free, has ended free movement and no longer contributes financially to the EU. But last week the words of Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt, who said he wanted to see “the vast majority” of tariff barriers between his country and the EU, had already raised questions about the government’s intentions.

Especially as he is currently negotiating fiercely with Brussels to amend the protocol on Northern Ireland to settle the issue of the province’s status amid a political stalemate. This sequence “is interesting because it seems to show that Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt (…) admit that the ATT (the trade and cooperation agreement signed between the EU and the UK) is bad for the economy. But the clamor and denial show , how difficult it will be for a Conservative government to admit “this,” said John Springford, a researcher at the Center for European Reform and an opponent of Brexit.


This controversy comes as the country is going through a major economic and financial crisis. Most economists and business leaders see Brexit as an aggravating factor in the crisis, which is also caused by the war in Ukraine. In particular, the Organization for Economic Forecasting (OBR) estimated last week that Brexit had had “a significant negative impact” on the country’s trade.

Since the United Kingdom left the EU, it has had to terminate trade agreements and has notably concluded some with the EU and several European countries, but also with New Zealand and Australia. Discussions are underway with India, Canada or the United States. Unlike his predecessors who were in a hurry to succeed, Rishi Sunak said last Thursday that Britain should “take its time” to negotiate good deals.

British employers criticize the rigidity of the new migration rules, which prevent them from finding the labor that companies need. The director, who has made controlling migration flows a Brexit priority, intends to favor the most qualified profiles.

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