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According to a new poll, there is growing support for a second Brexit referendum. The poll asked if the British public should be allowed to vote on whether the UK leaves the EU once the outcome of the negotiations has been revealed. The second referendum was initially advocated by the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party. When provided with the statement “a second referendum to allow people to decide whether the UK leaves or not, based on the outcome of the negotiations” 32% said they agreed, which is a 6 point increase from six months ago.
Although support for a second EU referendum is growing, this is still short of a majority. According to the poll, 46% of respondents said the UK should still leave the EU regardless of the outcome of the negotiations. This is despite 42% responding that Brexit would have a negative impact on the economy. And even more confusingly, the poll revealed that people were more likely to feel “joy” rather than “despair” when the UK finally exits the EU.
This news comes in the wake of recent reports that Brexit has already had a negative impact on the UK economy. According to research, a slowdown in job creation has led to a “wobble” in the UK economy. A fall in the number of European citizens coming to the UK for work has also led to a slump in consumer confidence and stalling house prices. This isn’t the only piece of worrying news to come out of the Brexit negotiations.
A report by the food policy specialists, SPRU, revealed that Britain’s food supply could be at risk following Brexit. The report criticises Theresa May and her government for failing to address this risk. At the moment, around 31% of the food supply in the UK comes from Europe, so a failure to secure a trade deal could result in chaos. The report detailed how Brexit could impact food provisions, from disrupting the direct food supply from Europe to having an impact on farming by limiting the flow of agricultural workers from the EU.
With the second round of Brexit talks now underway and the fate of EU nationals in the UK and Brits living across the EU still to be secured, the prospect of a second EU referendum doesn’t seem likely. As outlined in the Guardian, just because support is growing for a second referendum, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the government will put this to a vote again.