Nigel Farage on Newsnight: ‘Brexit has failed’
A new Express.co.uk poll has shown that three in five readers think that Brexit has been a failure.
This follows former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s verdict that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union has “failed”, with the economy yet to benefit. He told BBC Newsnight that the Conservative Party’s “mismanagement” was to blame.
A recent YouGov survey has shown that there are record levels of Brexit regret among Britons, with figures showing the number of people thinking the UK was right to leave the bloc dropping to its lowest-ever level at just 31 percent.
In response, Express.co.uk ran a set of polls from 9.20am on Wednesday, May 24, to 12.30pm on Thursday, May 25, asking readers their opinion on Brexit. First Express.co.uk asked: “Do you think Brexit has been a failure or a success?”
A total of 5,130 people responded to this question with the majority of readers, 62 percent (3,155 people) thinking it has been a “failure”. In comparison, 29 percent (1506 people) said they thought Brexit was a “success”. A further nine percent (456 people) answered “neither” and 13 people said they did not know.
Hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared the reasoning behind their answers.
Username Ansi Lumens said: “I don’t believe people who say they think it hasn’t failed, they are just putting on a brave face. How could anyone think that the current situation is satisfactory?”
And username ValerieJackson1 wrote: “Of course Brexit is a failure. It only takes someone with a fraction of a brain to observe the damage it has caused to our economy and the havoc it has played with our businesses – the lifeblood of our nation.”
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However, other readers commented that Brexit had the potential to be a success but agreed with Mr Farage that the Government’s handling was impeding this. Username parrot remarked: “Brexit isn’t a failure it is being stopped from being a success by the remoaners in Westminster.”
Another, username DaemonStorm, said: “Brexit has been a success, the Government have been a terrible failure.”
While username In the bag added: “It’s the delivery that’s failing, not the concept.”
Then, Express.co.uk asked readers their thoughts on Brexit at the time of the 2016 referendum: “Did you think Brexit was going to be a success?”
Of the 5,069 responses, readers were divided with 48 percent (2,452 people) answering “yes, I thought it would be successful” while 47 percent (2,397 people) said “no, I thought it would fail.” While 220 people said they did not know.
Username onthebrink commented: “I always said it would end in tears. As did everyone else who actually thought about the consequences. Told you so.”
Speaking after the YouGov results, former Europe minister in the Scottish Government Alasdair Allan said: “It is unsurprising that people feel that Brexit has been a failure – quite frankly, every bit of evidence shows it and it is outrageous that both Labour and the Tories are happy to ignore the damage Brexit is causing.”
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