Six months after the UK voted to leave the EU, a new poll reveals that over half of British people want the Government to get on with the job of delivering Brexit and to implement the result of the referendum – to take back control of our laws, borders, money and trade. This not only demonstrates a complete lack of “buyers’ remorse” following the referendum, but that the British people would not be happy with a relationship that accepts the ongoing supremacy of EU law and doesn’t provide for controls on immigration.
Significantly, 42% of those who voted Labour in the 2015 General Election also want the Government to trigger Article 50 ‘as soon as possible’ and kickstart the process of leaving the EU, and only 29% of those who voted Labour in 2015 disagreed. Despite this clear wish from Labour voters, a number of Labour MPs have said they will not vote to invoke Article 50 by the end of March 2017, or will only do so if certain conditions are met.
On top of this, less than half (40%) of those who voted Remain want to stop the Government getting on with the job of taking back control from Brussels. This shows that even amongst those who disagreed with the referendum result, many now want to see politicians delivering the mandate given to them by the British people on 23 June.
Commenting on the poll, Change Britain Chair Gisela Stuart said:
‘On 23 June the British public voted for real change. Many people felt frustrated that their wages had not risen in years and that they hadn’t seen the benefits of economic growth. Six months on, it is clear that the British people don’t regret their decision.
‘When politicians like Tim Farron and Nick Clegg talk about a second referendum and diluting Brexit, they are hundreds of miles away from where the public stand.
‘The British people were clear on what they voted for – control of our laws, borders, money and trade. They now want politicians to get on with the job of delivering this.
Notes to Editors
ICM polled 2,009 people online between 16-18 December 2016. They were asked if they agree or disagree with the following statement:
‘The Government should trigger Article 50 as soon as possible and get on with implementing the result of the referendum to take Britain out of the EU and in doing so take back control of our borders, laws, money and trade.’
Don’t know 8%
Of the people who voted Labour in 2015:
Don’t know 9%
Of the people who voted Remain in June:
Don’t know 10%