Non, je ne regrette rien, as the French might say…
A YouGov poll for The Times has found no evidence that voters regretted the decision to leave the EU. Asked whether Britain was “right or wrong to leave the EU”, 46 per cent of respondents said that it had been the right decision and 42 per cent said that it had been the wrong one. Meanwhile, the Conservatives have secured their biggest poll lead since winning power, according to the poll. The Conservatives are on 42 per cent, followed by Labour on 28 per cent, UKIP on 12 per cent, and the Lib Dems on 8 per cent.
Separately, a 16-country poll by Ipsos MORI has found that 56 per cent of Britons think the UK should receive favourable exit terms, more than twice as many as in Germany, Belgium and France. Countries outside the EU generally want to see more favourable terms – for example, 52 per cent in South Africa and 51 per cent in India say the terms should be favourable.
Italians are the most positive EU members about the overall impact of Brexit on Britain: 41 per cent say it will make the UK weaker, but 34 per cent say stronger, compared to 64 per cent in Germany and Spain who say the vote will weaken the UK. Views are even more positive outside the EU – Russia and India in particular are more likely to say the UK will be stronger (47 per cent and 44 per cent respectively) than weaker (17 per cent and 36 per cent). The US is evenly split, with 32 per cent saying the UK will be weaker but 33 per cent saying the UK will be stronger.
Meanwhile, 39 per cent of people in EU countries say they are sad to see Britain leave, while 13 per cent say they are happy. Swedes are the most likely to be sad to see Britain go (48 per cent), while the French are the least likely to be sad (25 per cent).
PM to seek views of small business owners
Reuters reports that Theresa May will ask small businesses to set out what they want from Brexit negotiations so they can take advantage of the UK leaving the EU. The Prime Minister will today host a roundtable with small and medium-sized enterprises with less than 250 employees and trade associations in Downing Street, including the Federation of Small Businesses and British Chambers of Commerce.
Lord Heseltine makes a mockery of democracy
The Daily Express reports how Lord Heseltine made a mockery of British democracy today as he claimed the people’s vote on Brexit was not valid as it could only be pushed through by the House of Commons.
Speaking on Radio 4 this morning, the former Tory leadership contender said: “The jury is out. The referendum has said Brexit but no one knows what Brexit is.”
With respect Lord Heseltine, I think the people of the UK do understand what they voted for…