Remainers twice as likely as Leave voters to fall out with family and friends over Brexit

An anti-Brexit protester waves an EU flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, October 25, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Remainers are more likely to row about Brexit than Leavers, a poll says (Picture: Reuters)

Remainers are twice as likely as Leave voters to fall out with their friends and family over Brexit, a poll has revealed.

The survey by YouGov found that one in eight Britons have had a row about leaving the EU with those closest to them.

9% said they had fallen out with family or friends but had since reconciled, while 4% said their rift had not been healed.

5% of Remainers said they had fallen out with a friend or family member over Brexit and not made up, compared to just 2% of Leave voters.

And 13% of Remain voters said they had argued with someone about Brexit before reconciling, almost twice as many as Leavers on 7%.

Young people were more likely to hold grudges over leaving the EU, the survey found, with 8% of 18-24-year-olds not reconciling with a friend or family member after a Brexit bust-up, compared to just 2% of over 60s.

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And people in London are the most argumentative when it comes to Brexit, YouGov discovered.

Only 74% of people in the English capital said they hadn’t fallen out with someone over Brexit, compared to 83% in the North, 84% in the South, 85% in Wales and the Midlands and 87% in Scotland.

YouGov surveyed 2,421 adults in Britain on November 11 for its poll.

Respondents were also asked how they felt about the upcoming general election on December 12.

One in four (25%) said they were “fearful” about the poll, followed by 15% who said they were “angry” and 14% who were “confused”.

Only 7% said they were “enthusiastic” and 5% said they were “excited” about the general election.

Of Remainers, 35% said they were “fearful”, compared to 20% of Leavers. The same percentage of Leavers said they were “angry”, compared to just 13% of Remain voters.

Last month, a doctor warned how political upheaval can take a serious toll on mental health when he revealed details of the first reported case of Brexit-triggered psychosis.

Dr Mohammad Zia Ul Haq Katshu, a clinical associate professor from the University of Nottingham, said the mental health of a man in his 40s “deteriorated rapidly” shortly after the 2016 EU referendum.

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