Former UK Government minister demands more debate on Brexit in UK election

Martin Banks

Belgium (Brussels Morning Newspaper) – Most people in the UK now believe Brexit was a failure, according to a senior former British Government minister. This sentiment is reinforced by recent surveys indicating strong support for rejoining the EU among Labour voters and a desire for more debate on Brexit during the election campaign. The We Think voter intention poll shows that a significant majority of voters believe Brexit and the UK’s relationship with the EU should be major issues in the election. Former deputy prime minister Lord Michael Heseltine and former Europe Minister Denis MacShane emphasize the importance of addressing Brexit in the current political climate.

A senior former British Government minister has revealed that most people in the UK now view Brexit as a failure. This statement follows recent surveys showing that a majority of Labour voters support rejoining the EU and want Brexit to be a key topic in the upcoming general election on July 4. The We Think voter intention poll highlights that nearly six in ten voters believe Brexit and the UK’s relationship with the EU should be central issues in the election. Prominent political figures like Lord Michael Heseltine and Denis MacShane stress the need to confront the realities of Brexit in the current political discourse.

Most in UK Now View Brexit as a Failure, Surveys Reveal

Most people in the UK now believe Brexit was a failure, says a senior former British Government minister. This comes after a recent survey says 63 percent of those planning to vote Labour in the UK general election on July 4 support Britain re-joining the EU. Another survey says most also want the issue of  Brexit debated more in what is left of the election campaign in the UK. So far, very little has been heard of Brexit in a multitude of TV debates between the parties.

This has dismayed many, including those who still hope the UK might rejoin the Union at some point in the future. The We Think voter intention poll revealed that almost six in 10 voters (58 per cent) think that Brexit and Britain’s relationship with the EU should be one of the main issues in the election.

The survey of 1,242 voters commissioned by the pro-EU European Movement UK followed a recent intervention by the former deputy prime minister Lord Michael Heseltine. He warned no issue can be discussed without referring it to Brexit.

Speaking to this site, Denis MacShane, who served under Tony Blair as Europe Minister, said, “It is clear the British people now think Brexit is a failure and bad for the country.” He added, “That is why the Brexit Tory prime minister and MPs are likely to be severely sanctioned in the general election. “But going from that to instantly rejoining the EU is a big step.”

He warned, “The EU is happy with Brexit as it has made all of the far right populists like Marine Le Pen, Giorgia Meloni, Gets Wilders drop calls for referendums on staying in the EU in France, Italy  and the Netherlands.

“The Brexit plebiscite was won on immigration and it is not clear that the UK, its press, most parties are ready to embrace full freedom of movement or indeed the single currency which is now seen as indispensable to full EU membership.

“After the Tory Brexit era hate-fest,there is goodwill to the likely incoming Labour government.

“But like a very big and a rather small hedgehog deciding to reunite after a divorce it will be a very prickly process.”

Heseltine  was quoted as saying, “We are now at the start of what I foresee will be the most dishonest election of modern times.

“What are the issues this country should be discussing? The state of our economy, defence and environment, the need to level up our society, control immigration and restore Britain’s standing in the world. None of these issues can be honestly addressed in isolation from our relationship with Europe. Yet Europe is the no-go area.”

The survey showed that if there was a vote on EU membership tomorrow the result would be very different, with 48 per cent saying they would vote to rejoin and 31 per cent saying they would still opt to stay outside the EU. When “don’t knows”, “won’t votes” and “uncertains” are stripped out that would be a 61 per cent to 39 per cent victory in favour of rejoining.

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Martin Banks is an experienced British-born journalist who has been covering the EU beat (and much else besides) in Brussels since 2001. Previously, he had worked for many years in regional journalism in the UK and freelanced for national titles. He has a keen interest in foreign affairs and has closely followed the workings of the European Parliament and MEPs in particular for some years.