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The poll for the Guardian found a growing number of people are worried about Brexit’s impact on the UK economy [Image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters].

This poll result will be one in the eye for Brextremists, whose mantra is “You lost – get over it”.

Even Leave voters have supported a second referendum, with a quarter of them voting for it in the ICM poll.

It’s no surprise that Labour voters are shifting to a firmer support for remaining in the EU. We’ve heard the arguments, seen the evidence, and we know what we believe.

The real question is what motivates pensioners to want to leave.  How is that going to improve our fortunes? Do they think it will be a return to the old days of the post-war economic consensus?

If so, I’ve got bad news for them: Times have changed. Decades of neoliberal dogma mean there’s no return to those times. The Tories have eroded the UK’s industrial base to a point where we cannot survive on our own, and globalism means nation states are increasingly at the mercy of international corporations.

Mrs May’s Brexit policies are designed to worsen both situations.

Perhaps these voters haven’t noticed yet?

If Brexit happens, they will.

Voters support the idea of holding a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to one of the largest nationwide opinion polls since the Brexit vote.

The ICM survey, conducted as part of a Guardian reporting project, found 47% of people would favour having a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK’s departure are known, while 34% oppose reopening the question.

Excluding the roughly one-fifth who do not have a view gives a lead of 58% to 42% for a second referendum, showing rising interest in the idea as concern grows over the direction of recent negotiations.

The increased backing has come from both sides of the debate, with one-quarter of leave voters in favour of having another referendum on the final deal.

Other key findings include:

Mounting concern about the impact of leaving, with 43% of voters worried Brexit will have a negative effect on the UK economy and a narrow majority believing it will have a negative impact on the “British way of life”.

Signs that Labour voters may be becoming more open to a rethink, with 9% of the party’s leave backers switching to remain, and stronger support for a second referendum in marginal Labour seats than elsewhere.

A hardening of the Brexit demographic divide, with young voters 17% more likely than before to support remain and over-65s more determined than ever to leave.

Source: Brexit: Britons favour second referendum by 16-point margin – poll | Politics | The Guardian


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