A new nationally representative poll reveals that most people in the UK (53%) think the deal has created more problems than it solved with just 15% of people saying it solved more problems than it created. Even Leave voters are more likely to agree that the deal has created more problems than solutions.
The same poll, carried out by Opinium on behalf of Best for Britain, shows half of us are aware of more negative consequences for business with just 13% of us saying we are aware of more positive consequences. These poor assessments of the deal were the most popular opinion in all regions and nations of the UK and among all age groups.
Naomi Smith, CEO of Best for Britain said,
“The poll shows the British public can see the government’s Brexit deal for what it is - an insufficient and self-sabotaging agreement that is causing significant problems for British businesses, the economy and jobs. With new heads around the Cabinet table, here’s hoping sense prevails, and the Commission’s recommendations are adopted”
Conservative voters are split on whether the government's Brexit deal has created more problems than it has solved. In fact, almost 60% of people who voted Conservative at the last election do not think Brexit has solved Britain's problems.
Conservative voters are just as split on the consequences of the Brexit deal for British businesses. Only 25% have seen more positive consequences for businesses while 39% think Brexit has changed nothing. That means over 60% of Conservative voters have yet to see any benefits to Brexit.
Leave and Remain voters
This uncertainty about how Brexit has gone is repeated when the we look at how Leave voters responded. Just a quarter of those who voted for Brexit think the government's Brexit deal has solved more problems than it has created.
And Leave voters are far from enthusiastic about the positive consequences of Brexit, with just 23% saying there have been more positive than negative consequences for British businesses. Again, over 60% of Leave voters think Brexit has either not changed anything for businesses or has had actively more negative consequences.
On the other hand, Labour voters are very clear that they think the government's Brexit deal has created more problems than it has solved.
Labour voters are also overwhelmingly clear that Brexit has had more negative consequences for Britain's businesses.
Poll conducted by Opinium on behalf of Best for Britain. Fieldwork was conducted between 10-14 September 2021 on a sample size of 2,002 UK-based adults.
Data tables can be downloaded here.