Barely one in eight people in the UK believe that Brexit has been a success, according to a recent Ipsos survey conducted on the fourth anniversary of Britain leaving the EU. The poll reveals that a majority of 57% view Brexit as a failure, while only 13% consider it to be a success.
The survey also highlights that 70% of the British public believe that Brexit has hurt the UK economy. Furthermore, only 13% believe that it has positively affected the country’s ability to control immigration and its borders, which was a key factor behind the 2016 vote to leave the EU.
Additionally, a majority of respondents believe that Brexit has hurt the future prospects for economic growth in the UK, as well as the country’s standing on the world stage.
Despite the infamous Brexit bus promising an extra £350 million for the NHS, just 11% of those surveyed think that Brexit has had a positive impact on healthcare funding.
Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos, commented on the findings, stating, “2019 was called the Brexit election, and it was a key factor in Boris Johnson’s victory.
However, there are few signs that it will play as dominant a role in 2024, with Britons’ worries over public services, the cost of living, and borders taking precedence.”
Skinner also noted the shift in attitudes towards Brexit since 2019, especially since the autumn of 2022. Now, the majority of Britons believe that Brexit has hurt the country, and even those who were initially supportive of the decision often feel that it could have been better implemented.
The challenge for the Conservatives, according to Skinner, lies in whether they can reverse the perception that Brexit has damaged important issues that people care about, such as the economy, the NHS, and immigration.