Country is divided over Brexit, but polls tell a different story

“The country is irreconcilably divided over Brexit, it’s a binary choice, and the people have spoken!”

Saturday, 9th March 2019, 9:30 am
Updated Saturday, 9th March 2019, 10:30 am
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That narrative suits Maria Caulfield and professional remainers.

A review of You-Gov’s polling tells a different story.

‘No Deal’ is strongly favoured by only 19 per cent but strongly opposed by a whopping 54 per cent (with others unsure and so on).

A second vote is ferociously polarizing, with the 41 per cent strongly favouring, matched by 39 per cent strongly against.

In any case, had remain won there would have been no re–run, and the issues of English identity that trouble Brexit voters must not be ignored.

The least divisive outcome by far is “Britain leaving the EU but with a new deal within the customs union and single market”. 70 per cent express support, lukewarm support and indifference.

Most Brexit voters do not want to risk their neighbours’ jobs, and remain voters do not think their friends are Fascists because they worry that their country is being changed without their permission.

Their protest having been emphatically made, Brexit voters actually possess a generous spirit, frankly lacking in the more self-satisfied Remain enclaves.

It is not a civil war, and we are not unreasonable people.

70 per cent can live with this sort of adjustment; it is the self-serving and extremist politicians who have failed a moderate and decent country.

Paul Newman

Firle Crescent