The Independent: Two-thirds of Britons agree to hold a referendum on returning to the European Union
A recent opinion poll revealed that two-thirds of Britons agree to hold a popular referendum on their country’s return to the European Union, two years after their country officially withdrew from the bloc.
The poll, conducted by the Independent newspaper, concluded that opposition to the idea of holding a new referendum has declined significantly, as the results of the survey resulted in the rejection of 24% of the participants, while 65% supported the matter.
The Independent pointed out that the British believe that the economy and Britain’s influence on the world stage and its ability to control its borders has declined, which has led to an increase in the percentage of those who want a new referendum.
The poll revealed that 54% said that the withdrawal was a wrong decision, compared to 46% in the same period last year.
The percentage of those who believe that the withdrawal made the country’s economic situation worse has also increased to 56%, compared to 44% last year.
Britain adopted the decision to leave the European Union after a popular referendum in 2016, and the measure became effective by January 2021.
A YouGov poll for The Times last month found that only a third (34%) of UK citizens who voted for the country to leave the European Union in 2016 still think they made the right decision.
If another referendum were held, 47% of respondents to the YouGov poll said they would vote to retain the UK’s membership of the European Union, 34% would vote to leave, and 8% would abstain.
In June 2016, 51.8% of UK citizens voted to end the country’s membership in the European Union, compared to 48.1% of those who voted for London to remain in the Union.