Ten ways in which Theresa May’s Government is failing Brexit voters

The EU referendum and the question of whether we sever ties from union with our neighbouring countries has divided both politics and households.

Nothing could persuade many die-hard Europhiles that remaining in the EU might be a better option for the UK. Britain Thinks found 37 per cent of Leave voters are ‘Die-hards’ who want out of the EU at any cost.

However, this implies that 63 per cent of the 17.4m, like myself, who voted to leave the EU (16.1m voted to remain) could be open to changing their minds. If recent polls are anything to go by, coupled with the current clown show of Tory Brexit negotiations, much of the general public appears to be turning its backs on Brexit.

Even before the recent round of negotiations failed, three-quarters of Brits thought the negotiations were going badly and half of Brits believe there should be a second referendum.

So why does the public seem to be falling out of love with Brexit? Here are the top ten Brexit grievances:

1 – €50m Brexit bill: Whilst we all remember Boris and Davis’ confident bluster that the EU can ‘go whistle for cash, pragmatists reminded us that we will have legal obligations to fulfil, especially if we still want a relationship with our largest trading partners. The shambolic negotiations appear to have resulted in capitulation, rather than compromise, to get out of deadlock. The public mood seems to have soured since realising the scale of the financial fallout from leaving the Union.

2 – DUP deal: The snap General Election left the Tory party’s EU mandate in tatters. Without a clear majority, only a £1bn+ ‘sweetner’ to the Northern Irish DUP party could keep the Tories in power. Last night the DUP derailed Theresa May’s plans for a NI border solution to mover Brexit negotiations forward. It seems that May is now fighting on two fronts and many Brits don’t like the idea of the DUP calling the shots over Westminster.

3 – NHS in peril: The infamous ‘£350m per week to the NHS’ Brexit bus was enough to make us believe that at least some cash would find its way to the NHS. But it didn’t look promising when just hours after the referendum vote, Nigel Farage admitted that the £350m figure was a ‘mistake’. That figure has since been completely debunked, and even the vote leave director admitted that the campaign was built on a lie. NHS leaders have stressed that Brexit is bad for the NHS. British people hate being lied to.

4 – Devalued currency: Whilst it was obvious to economists, many of us didn’t consider the squeeze on our pockets if money started pouring out of the UK. Michael Gove did a great job at negating any forecasters by saying the public are ‘had enough of experts’. After the vote, the pound tanked making almost everything we purchase became more expensive. A squeeze on households during times of ongoing austerity and wage deflation is one sure-fire way to pee off the public.

5 – Low growth forecasts: Whilst, the low pound is a short term indicator which may eventually lead to some long term benefits for manufacturing and exporters, low growth forecasts are a lot more worrying. The bleak outlook is spooking investors and is starting to back up what businesses are feeling. Low growth and low investment is bad news for everyone.

6 – Tory party in shambles: Whilst poverty is rising and the NHS is being run down, the public is witnessing a new scandal in the Tory party on a weekly basis. Perhaps there is a realisation that those who used the EU referendum as a protest vote to kick Cameron and the establishment in the balls were directing their anger at the wrong set of leaders.

7- Rise in xenophobia and hate crime: All voters have varying reasons for voting to leave or remain part of the Union. But most leavers are not comfortable being associated with the idiotic minority responsible for the astonishing rise in hate crime. Far right groups have become emboldened by some of the anti-immigration rhetoric coming from Westminster, and one such group, who have seen staggering rises in membership, even had the support of Donald Trump last week.

8 – The Trump effect: Trump’s rise to power has been linked to the rise of populism and a worrying increase in the politics of confrontation and division, a worrying trend in the UK too since David Cameron agreed to have a referendum on membership of the EU. Whilst Trump appeared supportive of Brexit and a trade deal with the UK outside the EU, promising a fast track to trade deals, his true colours soon shone when he decided to stick huge tariffs on UK manufacturer Bombardier.

9 – Likelihood of no-deal Brexit: We all know the EU has its problems. Moderate voters were undoubtably looking at a scenario where we can unburden ourselves from EU rule, but remain in the customs union to trade with our largest trading partners. However, a hard Brexit looks increasingly likely, which will have far reaching consequences. Moderate Brexiteers didn’t vote for this interpretation of Brexit.

10 – Nigel Farrage keeping his EU pension: The poster boy of Brexit may be the hero to some, but to others his support for Trump and failure to condemn some far-right activity has been hard to stomach. This week he also said he is refusing to give up his taxpayer-funded EU pension after Brexit. Given that he has been a major critic of the Brexit bill and the EU, it’s hard to square the circle that the Brexit bill will be paying for his retirement. The Guardian report that he will be entitled to an annual pension of £73,000 at 63.


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7 Responses

    1. Mark

      According to the article, “If recent polls are anything to go by, coupled with the current clown show of Tory Brexit negotiations, much of the general public appears to be turning its backs on Brexit.” – where is the evidence of the the public turning their backs on Brexit? Which opinion polls indicate this?

  1. Bill Chapman

    May’s woeful failure in Brussels has blown open the Brexit debate at home. I am quietly confident that the electorate do not want Brexit now, if ever they did. We really do need that referendum. No attention is being paid to the will of the people to remain.

  2. Teejay

    “Michael Gove did a great job at negating any forecasters by saying the public are ‘had enough of experts’. ”

    Yes he did and he was right:- no recession not even near. Of course people will say that they couldn’t be expected to anticipate the deferment of article 50 or whatever. No they couldn’t, which is exactly why it is right to discount the views of experts. In any case the experts confidently expected a majority for Remain.

    One of my personal reasons for voting Leave was that historically the Tory party have always conducted EU policy on the basis of what was good for party unity rather than what was good for the country and we have suffered badly for this. The current shambles only reinforces that. (My personal preference was not to vote Leave but to have no vote at all until the country had an obvious preference one way or the other. But instead the referendum was called at a time which suited the political expediency of the Tory Party. )

  3. Mike

    Not exactly “Free independent journalism” is it ? Just yet another remoaner whine full of inaccuracies. The ‘bus’ DID NOT say any such thing (go search the original picture of it), the correction of our overvalued pound back to sensible levels is excellent for our exports and yes – damps down our voracious appetite for imports – healthy for our stressed balance of payments.

  4. Adam

    It’s clear that the referendum was decided, not by diehards but by floating voters. That’s why the lies and scaremongering of “vote leave” undermine the case they have for a mandate. (Forced to join the euro? Forced to accept Turkey joining? Forced to accept aN EU army? These were even more blatant lies than the £350m lie!)

    It was a marginal victory, if 1/50 voters had gone the other way the result would have been reversed. Mandate for hard Brexit? No it isn’t. If you’re so sure there was a “huge majority”, Brexiteers, why are you all so frightened of a second referendum – when we would actually know what we were voting for?

  5. Jim Greer

    The writer of this article makes some reasonable points. I was however mystified by two issues. Whole she explains what has turned her and others off Brexit she doesn’t explain why she thought it might be a good idea in the first place. She clearly isn’t interested in xenophobia and seems to be concerned and knowledgeable about the economy so what positive things did she think Brexit would bring. My other question relates to her views about Garage and the far right. If she is apalled by these people now, did she not consider at the time of the vote that she was voting in the same way as these people albeit for doffetent reasons and thereby furthering their objectives.

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