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Brexit: Only three areas in Britain think leaving EU was a good idea, major poll shows

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: An EU flag is seen flying in front of Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, as protestors campaign against the ongoing impacts of Brexit on January 25, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
A poll has revealed that only three constituencies in Britain think Brexit was a good idea. (Getty Images)

There are only three areas of Britain where the majority of people still think Brexit was a good idea, a poll has shown.

The survey, conducted by opinion website UnHerd, asked 10,000 people across constituencies in England, Scotland and Wales a series of questions, covering subjects including Brexit, politics, gender ideology, immigration, housing, the monarchy and the cost of living crisis.

The polling estimates that, nearly seven years on from the divisive referendum, there are only three constituencies where more people agree with the statement "Britain was wrong to leave the EU" than don't.

This week marks the third anniversary of Brexit, the UK having left the EU officially on 31 January 2020.

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The survey uses a form of statistical modelling called multilevel regression with post-stratification (MRP) to pull out likely patterns of opinion across the country.

The three areas that appear to reman supportive of Brexit are all located in Lincolnshire and all currently have a sitting Conservative MP.

The polling shows that in the constituency of Boston and Skegness, 41% disagree that Britain was wrong to leave the EU, compared to 37% who agree.

In neighbouring South Holland and The Deepings, and in Louth and Horncastle, opinion is split equally at 40% and 41% respectively.

In the remaining 629 constituencies in England, Scotland and Wales, more people now think Britain was wrong to leave the EU than those who remain happy with the outcome.

The "most Bregretful" area is the Labour constituency of Bristol West, with 69% of people there agreeing that Britain was wrong to leave the EU, compared to 13% who thought it was the right decision.

Brexit remains a hot political talking point with both Labour and the Conservatives struggling to grapple with the issue.

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Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer during a visit to Spirit AeroSystems wing production facility in Belfast, with Ciara Kennedy Vice President and General Manager at Spirit AeroSystems, Belfast and Sir Michael Ryan Vice President, European Space and Defence, Government Affairs, and Chairman Spirit AeroSystems UK. Picture date: Friday January 13, 2023. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to 'make Brexit work'. (PA Images via Getty Images)

In a bid to make the Labour position distinctive, Sir Keir Starmer said last year that his party planned to "make Brexit work" and ruled out rejoining the EU if it won the next general election.

Earlier this year, Starmer promised that a new Labour government would bring forward a “Take Back Control Bill” that would devolve power from London to communities across the country, granting new control over employment support, transport, energy, housing and a host of other areas.

However, last week, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon accused Starmer of being "unprincipled", saying he risked becoming a "pale imitation" of the Conservatives over Brexit.

The Conservative Party also remains under pressure to demonstrate that Brexit has proven economically beneficially to the country.

In November, a report from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said that Brexit has had a "significant adverse impact" on UK trade, warning it will result in trade intensity being 15% lower in the long run than if the UK had remained in the EU.

Rishi Sunak has previously denied Brexit is to blame for the current economic crisis and said the plan to potentially scrap thousands of EU laws by the end of 2023 will help boost growth in the UK.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt attempted to put a positive spin on the issue last week, saying: “Since the Brexit referendum, we’ve grown at about the same rate as Germany."

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