Brexit Voters Not Deterred by Project Fear Economic Threats, Finds Poll

AP/Matt Dunham

Brexit voters would still support leaving the European Union (EU) if the divorce had economic effects such as higher prices and travel costs, a poll has revealed.

While Brussels negotiators have claimed powers to economically punish the UK for leaving the bloc and taking back sovereignty, Brexit-supporting voters seem undeterred.

Deltapoll research for LBC shows that 70 percent of Brexit voters are happy to leave the EU even if it means longer queues at border control.

And a majority — 54 per cent — want to leave even if it means the cost of food rising significantly, and the UK moving into a recession.

Yet despite the determination to see Brexit through, leave campaign supporters may have nothing to worry about, as gloomy Brexit forecasts have repeatedly proven hollow.

Despite the ‘Project Fear’ campaign by the anti-Brexit lobby, including the claim that half a million jobs would be lost, unemployment has fallen to a 40-year low and wages are rising since the referendum.

Immigration from the EU is also falling and fewer migrants from the bloc are coming to the UK seeking work.

This is likely to impact big business and global corporations that have enjoyed cheap labour from the European Union, and is already benefitting working-class Brits who are starting to experience a wage-boost.

The poll also showed that more Brexit supporters believe Boris Johnson, who is moving against the Prime Minister, would deliver a ‘real Brexit’ compared to Theresa May.

Furthermore, 39 percent would prefer to see the former Foreign Secretary as Prime Minister compared to just 30 percent of Brexiteers who want Theresa May to be in charge.

Brexit voters from across the political spectrum see delivering Brexit as above party politics, the research revealed. It revealed that both Tory and Labour leave voters would rather leave the bloc than for their party to be in power.

On the topic of a second referendum, just 30 percent back returning to the polls now.

Meanwhile, 13 percent said the nation should vote again on the final divorce terms but 40 percent said there should not be a second vote and the UK should just leave. Seventeen percent did not know.

Past polls have shown that Mrs May’s ‘soft Brexit’ plan is unpopular with the public, including with Conservative Party voters.

Double the number of voters want a clean break from the EU than the number who want to follow the Prime Minister’s plan, a survey showed in mid-July.

This included 51 percent of Tory voters who wanted a clean, so-called ‘no deal’ Brexit.


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