Posted on Apr 22, 2019
A new YouGov survey has found that 64% of Remain voters and 57% of Leave voters are “more sure” that they voted the right way in the 2016 referendum.
It found that only 12% of Leave voters and 6% of Remain voters are “less sure” that they voted the right way, with even fewer saying they would change their vote (7% of Leave voters and 4% of Remain voters). Conservative Remain voters (14%) and Labour Leave voters (20%) were more likely to be unsure about their vote than Conservative Leave voters and Labour Remain voters.
Meanwhile, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said that there is “no agreement as yet” between Labour and the Government on a way forward on Brexit, following several days of talks.
Corbyn said yesterday, “There has to be access to European markets and above all there has to be a dynamic relationship to protect the conditions and rights that we’ve got for environment and consumer workplace rights.” He added, “The Government doesn’t appear to be shifting the red lines because they’ve got a big pressure in the [Conservative] party that actually wants to turn this country into a deregulated, low-tax society which will do a deal with [US president Donald] Trump.”
Separately, there are reports that Independent MP Frank Field and the Father of the House of Commons, Conservative MP Kenneth Clarke, are planning to table a motion to gain cross-party parliamentary support for the UK to be in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. Field told the paper, “I think if it comes from the backbenches, neither of the party leaders [Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn] can be accused of dividing their parties. I would be confident of getting it through.”
Elsewhere, New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that unemployment in the UK decreased by 27,000 in the three months to February, remaining at a rate of 3.9 percent, its lowest since 1975. Total earnings rose by an annual 3.5 percent, while average weekly wages, without bonuses, increased by 3.4 percent during the same period.
UK Employment Minister Alok Sharma said, “The UK jobs market continues to go from strength to strength, proving the underlying resilience of the British economy. But we must not take this for granted. We need to work urgently to get behind a Brexit deal that protects this jobs record and gives employers the certainty to continue to invest in their workforce and boost wages.”
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