According to a poll, a significant majority of British people claim that Brexit has been a complete failure for the UK.

A recent poll by Opinium reveals that the majority of the British public now believes Brexit has had negative impacts on the UK economy, leading to increased prices in shops and hindering government efforts to control immigration. This poll, conducted to mark the third anniversary of the UK leaving the EU single market and customs union, also finds that only a small percentage of people feel that Brexit has benefited them or the country. Out of those surveyed, only 10% believe that leaving the EU has improved their personal financial situation, while 35% believe it has had a negative effect. Similarly, only 9% feel that Brexit has been advantageous for the NHS, compared to 47% who believe it has had a detrimental effect. In addition, a mere 7% of people think that Brexit has helped keep prices down in UK shops, with 63% believing that it has contributed to inflation and the cost of living crisis. Consequently, this poll suggests that the British public now considers Brexit a failure, with only 22% of voters seeing it as beneficial for the UK in general. The promises made by the Vote Leave campaign, such as an economic boost, increased trade, and redirecting £350 million per week to the NHS, have not been widely perceived as fulfilled. Opinium’s head of policy and public affairs, James Crouch, notes that discontent with the government’s handling of Brexit remains high, and even areas expected to improve from leaving the EU are seen as lacking. Leave voters are increasingly critical of Brexit’s impact on immigration control, which adds pressure to an issue that the government is already vulnerable on. However, Crouch believes that the state of the economy and the NHS will take precedence over Brexit in the next election. Political science professor Robert Ford suggests that while negative perceptions of Brexit, particularly regarding the economy, can influence voting behavior, Brexit is unlikely to have such a prominent role as it did in previous elections. He argues that voters are now more focused on domestic concerns such as rising costs, struggling public services, and weak economic growth. Many voters who initially supported the Conservatives for change now believe that change necessitates removing the Conservatives from power. Ford emphasizes that this sentiment is particularly strong among “red wall” voters, who supported Boris Johnson but have been most impacted by rising costs and deteriorating public services. He concludes that the final consequence of Brexit might be the collapse of the Brexit electoral alliance. One of the key assurances of the Brexit campaign was that leaving the EU’s single market and customs union would open up new opportunities for global trade with countries outside the EU. However, a significant number of voters now believe that Brexit has been detrimental to trade. About 49% believe that it has hindered UK firms’ ability to import goods from outside the EU, while only 15% think it has helped.

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