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Brexit opinions remain entrenched, survey shows

By EARLE GALE in London | China Daily | Updated: 2021-10-23 09:17

An EU flag and a Union flag held by a demonstrator are seen with Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and the Houses of Parliament in central London in this March 25, 2017 file photo. [Photo/Agencies]

Five years after the referendum in which voters in the United Kingdom chose by a narrow margin to take their nation out of the European Union, the vast majority of people on both sides of the issue indicated that they would make the same choice again today, according to the latest British Social Attitudes Survey.

The annual statistical study, which is conducted by the National Centre for Social Research, has been collecting responses on a wide range of people's attitudes since it was launched in 1983.

The latest survey showed that Brexit opinions are as entrenched today as they were in 2016, reported The Guardian.

John Curtice, the report's co-author, said the Brexit debate, which resulted in a 51.89 percent to 48.11 percent vote to leave the bloc, is far from over.

"As a result, Britain is left divided between one-half of the country who now feel better about how they are being governed and another half who, relatively at least, are as unhappy as they have ever been," he told The Guardian.

He said the survey found that 9 in 10 people had not changed their views.

However, of those who did not participate in the 2016 referendum, but who would do so today if given the opportunity, 43 percent said they would choose to remain a member of the EU. Only 18 percent said they would vote to leave.

The poll was conducted between October and December last year.

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