(CMR) Seven years after British voters opted to remove their country from the European Union, a large number of voters are regretting this, having what is termed “Bregret.”
According to Statista Research Department, as of August 2023, 57 percent of people in Great Britain thought that it was wrong to leave the European Union, compared with 32 percent who thought it was the right decision. During this time period, the share of people who regret Brexit has been slightly higher than those who support it, except for some polls in Spring 2021, which showed higher levels of support for Brexit.
The share of people who don’t know whether Brexit was the right or wrong decision has generally been stable and usually ranged between 11 and 14 percent.
If Britons could vote on rejoining the EU, 55 percent say they would cast ballots to return to the bloc, according to YouGov.
The United Kingdom’s exit from the EU is estimated to have shaved four percent off the country’s gross domestic product because companies moved across the channel to the bloc’s nations to access the common market and imports from the EU, the country’s biggest trading partner became more expensive, the Miami Herald reported.
Brexit has reportedly caused headaches at border crossings, and even the former leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, who helped engineer Brexit, believes it is a failure.
Jonathan Freedland, Guardian contributor, explained earlier this year that as a result of Brexit, “the country is in the grip of a cost of living crisis, food prices are rocketing, trade is either down or static while it’s surged for our EU neighbors, and the NHS is ailing. Post-Brexit red tape is strangling thousands of small businesses, whether traveling musicians or exporters of goods, tying them up in daunting forms or extra charges that cost time and money they don’t have.”
Freedland suggested that it is only a matter of time before the UK rejoins the EU as the problems cannot be wished away.