‘While Brexit has always been a divisive issue, the process adopted by the government to leave the EU has made things worse.’
This is from a January 2019 report by Hope not Hate (pdf) on public attitudes around Brexit two years after the referendum. The report draws on polling data, focus groups and constituency estimates using multi-level regression analysis.
The report also finds that:
- The EU is now the issue people see as most important to themselves and their families, crossing political and demographic differences.
- People do not trust the process, do not feel consulted, and think that the Government has failed to even try and reach a consensus.
- People have mixed expectations about their economic circumstances after Brexit.
- With the Brexit clock running down, the risk of disorder and violence from the far right movement, who are capitalising on genuine frustrations, is growing.
- None of the current options in front of Parliament have consensus support in the country.
- The British public see a citizens’ assembly as a viable option to get through the Brexit deadlock. Although the idea is not something most people are familiar with, there is less opposition to this solution than any other outcome polled.