The Northern Ireland protocol, labour shortages, a lack of trade deals and delays at ports. It’s fair to say Brexit hasn’t been plain sailing since a majority of voters said the UK should leave the European Union in 2016.
But many still staunchly believe it was the right decision and blame the issues the country has faced since post 2016 on coronavirus, the war in Ukraine and a failure to properly implement Brexit and take advantage of potential advantages.
We’ve decided to launch a poll on the subject to see what Derbyshire thinks six years on, after reporter Adam Toms spent the day in the county’s Brexit heartland – Bolsover – a few weeks ago. He found many voters said they feel lied to and things have got worse since the vote.
Some also brought up immigration and said they thought Brexit would reduce the number of people coming to the UK. Nationally an Opinium survey for the Best for Britain group found that a third of Conservative voters believe Brexit has created more problems than it has solved.
This week Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said plans to potentially scrap thousands of European Union laws will help boost growth, as the Bill returns to Parliament. No further details have been released about the plans, but Mr Sunak told his Cabinet that the work has the “potential to drive growth and improve people’s everyday lives”.
Nature organisations have hit out at the move though, saying it could lead to the loss of important environmental protections and cost the UK tens of billions of pounds. Dr Richard Benwell, chief executive of Wildlife and Countryside Link, said: “Prevention of air and water pollution, protection of precious wildlife and habitats, precautions against hazardous chemical use – they are all put at risk by the Retained EU Law Bill.
“If long-standing protection for nature is removed or weakened, the economic consequences could run into the billions.”
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