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The tide is turning on Brexit

Most Britons would now vote to remain in the European Union if there was another referendum held next week. That’s the result of a major UK-wide survey of more than 200,000 readers of local newspapers called The Big Brexit Survey.

The survey also revealed that a significant majority want the UK to stay in the EU Single Market, and that most people believe that Britain will be economically worse off outside the EU.

Almost 220,000 readers of newspapers belonging to publishing groups Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press, and Newsquest were surveyed in the study, which showed significant worries about the Brexit process across the country.

Just over half – 52 per cent of respondents – believe Britain would be economically better off inside the EU, with 56 per cent calling for a ‘soft Brexit’ inside the Single Market – including more than a fifth of Leave voters.

The survey also reported that Leave voters are twice as likely to have changed their mind since the 2016 EU referendum.

Local and regional newspapers across the country have been reporting the results of this major new poll:

▪ ‘Devon voters now want to Remain in Europe, major new survey reveals’

Reported Devon Live:

‘More than half of Devon now wants Britain to stay in the Single Market, according to a major new survey carried out by Devon Live – and 15 per cent of Leave voters would change their decision in a new referendum.

‘The latest Brexit survey shows 48% of Devon Live readers believe Britain will be better off economically inside Europe and 53% said Britain should continue to be part of the single European market.’

▪ ‘Majority of people in Wales think we would be better off inside the European Union, survey reveals’

Reported Wales Online:

‘Three-fifths of people in Wales think we would be better off economically in Europe – and a majority want to stick with the Single Market.

‘A new Brexit survey shows 59% of WalesOnline and Western Mail readers believe Britain will be better off economically inside Europe. As well as this, 62% said Britain should continue to be part of the single European market.’

▪ ‘Brexit: Over half the North East wants to keep the Single Market’

Reported ChronicleLive:

‘Almost two years since the region voted to Brexit, a new survey also reveals most people and aren’t happy with negotiations.

‘Half of people in the North East think we would be better off economically staying in the European Union – and a majority want to stick with the Single Market.’

▪ ‘Major survey finds Remain would win second Brexit referendum’

Reported The Scotsman:

‘Britain would vote by a narrow margin to remain in the EU if another referendum were held next week, according to a major UK-wide survey of more than 200,000 people.

‘The unprecedented survey, which included 17,000 responses in Scotland, shows that a significant majority want the UK to stay in the European Single Market and believe Britain will be economically worse off outside the EU.’

▪ ‘York Poll: Britain must stay in European market’

Reported The York Press:

‘A MAJORITY of York Press readers online want Britain to stay in the single European market after Brexit, according to a survey.

‘The study, run in partnership with Google Surveys, was completed by 1,600 people who visited the York Press website.

‘It showed that 56 per cent of readers believed Britain would be better off economically inside Europe, with 62 per cent saying Britain should continue to be part of the single European market.’

▪ ‘More leavers than Remainers in Cornwall have changed their mind and want the UK to stay in the EU, survey reveals’

Reported CornwallLive:

‘New figures have revealed that more than half of people in Cornwall think the UK would be better off economically in Europe – and a majority want to stick with the Single European Market.

‘The new Brexit survey shows 52% of Cornwall Live readers believe Britain will be better off economically inside Europe. As well as this, 54% said Britain should continue to be part of the Single Market.’

▪ ‘Almost two thirds of Scots believe we are better off in EU and want to stay in Single Market after Brexit’

Reported the Scottish Daily Record:

‘Most Scots believe the economy would be better off in the EU.

‘The result from a major Brexit survey also suggests a majority want to stay in the single market. The findings are in line with the EU referendum decision in Scotland and are higher than in the rest of the UK.’

▪ ‘One year to Brexit – this is what the people of Greater Manchester think’

Reported The Manchester Evening News:

‘Nearly three-fifths of people in Greater Manchester think we would be better off economically in Europe – and a majority want to stick with the single market, a new poll suggests.

‘Almost two years on from the EU Referendum a new Brexit survey suggests 57 per cent of Manchester Evening News readers believe Britain would be better off financially in Europe.

‘And more than six out of 10 (61pc) said Britain should continue to be part of the single European market.’

▪ ‘How Brexit opinions in Salisbury have changed two years on’

Reported the Salisbury Journal:

‘MORE than half of people in Salisbury think we would be better off economically in Europe – and a majority want to stick with the Single Market.

‘A new Brexit survey shows 56 per cent of Salisbury Journal readers believe Britain will be better off economically inside Europe. As well as this 59 per cent said Britain should continue to be part of the single European market.’

▪ ‘Brexit survey shows majority in Belfast think UK better off inside Europe’

Reported Belfast Live:

‘A new Brexit survey shows 65% of Belfast Live readers believe UK will be better off economically inside Europe. As well as this 66% said Britain should continue to be part of the single European market.

‘The figures show a split between those who voted Leave and those who voted Remain in the referendum. Among Leave voters, 11% think Britain is better off economically in Europe, while more than a quarter of these voters (28%) think we should continue to be part of the Single Market.’

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The tide is turning on Brexit. Steadily, and surely, more and more people across the country believe the Britain should remain in the EU, or at least, in the EU Single Market.

According to this major new survey, if there was another referendum next week, Remain would win.

No wonder Brexiters don’t want another vote.

They say that another vote would be ‘undemocratic’. But there is nothing undemocratic about asking people to vote again – more votes, mean more democracy, not less.

In a democracy, voters are allowed to change their minds. But it seems that some Brexiters do not want voters to be allowed to do that.

How democratic is that?

And if Prime Minister, Theresa May, is really interested to follow the ‘will of the people’ she should now take note that Brexit does not have majority support across the country.

Like a broken record, Mrs May keeps going on about the result of the referendum on 23 June 2016. But that was almost two years ago, and this is now.

Mrs May changed her mind once, going from supporting Remain to supporting Brexit. It’s time for Mrs May to listen to ‘the people’, and change her mind again.

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