With just one year to go until Britain leaves the European Union, it appears that voters are still of the opinion that the referendum result must be implemented.
Anti-Brexit campaigners have been making more active efforts recently to campaign heavily for a second referendum. There is currently a plan to stop Brexit under the leadership of 39-year-old Chuka Umunna and Tony Blair has made a speech earlier this week calling on both major parties to stop the democratic vote. They have said that public opinion is likely to shift in favour of a second poll as the terms of the EU exit agreement become clearer.
But at the moment, it doesn’t seem as though there is any appetite for what Blair and Umunna are putting down. In what will come as a blow to the campaign for a second referendum, a poll published by ComRes on Wednesday found that 65% of voters do not want a second referendum and only 35% of people want to return to the polls.
In addition, a report published by The UK in a Changing Europe, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has also found that at this stage there is very little desire for a second referendum.
Speaking about the report, Sir John Curtice said there is “far from sufficient evidence” that a second referendum would reverse the result of the original vote.
Both these reports indicate that there is a clear desire for the Government to get on with the job of implementing the referendum result.
Whilst there is of course divide in the handling of the issue, it is clear that voters are of the opinion that the Government needs to get on with the job of leaving the EU.
The Prime Minister Theresa May will be speaking to voters in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to mark the one year mark. Mrs May will say that, whether they voted Leave or Remain, what is important now is making Brexit “a success for everyone”.
As the final year countdown began, she has been buoyed by the EU’s approval for a 21-month transition period after the official date of Brexit on March 29 2019 to allow the UK to prepare for its new relationship with Europe.