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The beginning of the end of Brexit?

Although it’s almost 3 years since the Brexit vote in the UK, in many ways it seems like an age, another era. Notwithstanding the fact that the European election in the UK is a poor match to the Brexit referendum in voter turn-out terms, high 30’s compared to over 70% respectively, both polls were singularly about one issue. Nearly 3 years ago, I attempted to estimate the split of the leave and remain votes by political party allegiance (see this post), as reproduced below.

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A similar split for the European election, with an assumption about the leave:remain split of the main Conservative and Labour parties (both of whom polled very poorly in the election), shows that the majority is likely now in favour of remain but by not much more than the leave majority in the Brexit vote.

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There is no doubt that the Brexit issue has changed British politics, likely for a generation. Whether the Brexit party, led by the little Englander Nigel Farage, will be anything other than a one issue party has yet to be seen. The tragedy is that the country looks as split as ever on the issue, the resolution of which is going to result in an embittered minority which could poison British politics for many years to come.