New polling draws attention to a fundamental problem for Remainersby Oliver Kamm / March 29, 2018 / Leave a comment
A year from the scheduled departure of Britain from the European Union, it’s obvious that the arguments adduced for Brexit were bogus and that Britain will struggle with the consequences of a policy that has no post-war precedent for irrationality. Even the historic humiliation of the Suez crisis in 1956 is dwarfed by Brexit. Anthony Eden’s dishonest venture cruelly exposed Britain’s diminished status and ruptured the relationship with its most powerful ally. Brexit sets this country at odds with all its allies simultaneously, harms the economy, and reopens the issue of divisions in Ireland 20 years after the conflict was sublimated in a negotiated agreement.
Polls show the public neither trusts nor respects the government’s handling of the issue. A new survey by Survation for the GMB shows that only 15 per cent of voters believe the government is handling Brexit well, while almost half believe it’s handling the process badly. A new Comres/Daily Express poll shows that 44 per cent believe the government’s handling of Brexit so far has been “a total shambles.”