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UK voters changed their minds on Brexit



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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes in the coming days to strike a deal that takes the UK out of the EU.

Doing so would implement the result of the referendum of June 2016, in which 52% of voters backed Leave and 48% Remain.

But where do voters stand on Brexit now, after more than three years of debate and negotiation?

But there are thousands who have changed their minds and would vote differently in a second poll, according to the founder of a group uniting Leave voters who would now vote Remain.

For example: Andy, who did not want to give his surname, created RemainerNow in December 2017 after noticing people talking about how they had regretted their Brexit vote.

There are now thousands of people who engage with the group, which can be found on social media channels, via their podcast, and out at Brexit marches.

The slogan “Get Brexit Done” dominated the set at last week’s Conservative Party conference. But however fed up voters feel, most think that the right outcome – their preferred form of Brexit, or staying in the European Union after all – matters more than a quick resolution.

“Voters haven’t changed their minds about Brexit since the 2016 referendum. Voters are so fed up with the whole process that they just want to get Brexit done.”

It’s true that more than eight out of 10 voters say they would vote the same way in a fresh referendum as they did last time. But among the minority, more Leave than Remain voters are having second thoughts.

Shifts away from Leave are greatest among working class voters under 50, NHS nurses and mothers of young children – voters attracted three years ago by hopes of higher-paid jobs and better-funded public services, but who now fear the impact of Brexit on both.

Two and a half million teenagers have reached voting age since 2016. Although turnout in this age group tends to be low, those that would vote are overwhelmingly in favour of wanting Britain to stay in the EU.

Over the same period, two million Britons have died. Older voters divided two-to-one in favour of Brexit in 2016.

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