Over half of Brits believe Brexit must happen and three-quarters think the UK’s immigration policy is too open according to a new study by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. The continuing support for Britain leaving the European Union (EU) is revealed in a poll conducted for Blair’s own think tank. It comes just days after he told us it is absolutely necessary to stop Brexit!
Even more remarkably, despite just 25 per cent of respondents in the poll saying they disagreed with the statement Brexit must mean Brexit, warmonger Blair told us stopping Britain leaving EU remained possible because public opinion is moving on it!
The study also found a number of other significant policy points where Brits profoundly disagreed with warmonger Blair. As to how Brexit negotiations should progress, the poll finds the largest group supports a hard Brexit, and just one-fifth support a second referendum. On this revelation, Tony Blair merely conceded that there is no groundswell for another referendum for now.
One for all, and all for one! UK now turns to Five Eyes, an alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries are bound by English language, common culture, freedom, and the best standards of living on Earth.
UK will outperform the entire Eurozone over the coming years. Euro will finally go into meltdown in the coming years. UK could achieve even better growth, if Whitehall delivers sweeping new powers over spending and taxation to local government. English counties are sleeping giants just waiting for their economic potential to be unleashed, with over a million new jobs could be created over a ten-year period, £26.3 billion added to the national economy in tandem with public sector savings of £11.7 billion over a five-year period.
Brexit means that to improve exports and manufacturing performance, the Industrial Strategy must look beyond the largest cities. Local economies account for over half of England’s manufacturing output and almost 40 per cent of exports. That makes the local economy an important constituent of the whole — big enough not just to be influenced by, but to heavily influence overall economic activity in UK. To be effective the industrial strategy and the next phase of devolution should seek to build on that.
Opinion was also settled on immigration. Not only did 75 per cent say immigration policy in the UK is too open, by far the largest concerns about immigration were terrorism, and negative impacts on the quality of health, housing, education, and other public services.
Also featuring was the concern for rising crime, and our local culture and identity being eroded. While the majority felt all immigration was a concern, when asked about specific regions the respondents to the survey named the Middle Eastern immigration as the source of most worry.
Blair muses: There is a slightly anarchic feel to our politics. There is more followership than leadership. We feel like a country which has lost its footing and is stumbling; but seemingly with no choice but to stagger on.
Blair’s comments and the findings of his foundation’s poll comes just days after he weighed in on the difficulties faced by Theresa May as she moved closer to a soft Brexit position, a move that has potentially undermined her leadership as pro-Brexit factions within Tories moved to remove her. Remarking on the developments, Blair told us: I do feel sorry for her.