Farage made this statement after the figures presented to him which showed how serious problems Brexit has brought to the British economy
“Brexit has failed. We didn’t get it and the Tories have let us down very, very badly,” said one of the pioneers of the country’s exit from the European Union, Nigel Farage.
Farage made the assertion on the BBC’s popular Newsnight show in mid-May when he was presented with evidence that Brexit has created serious problems for the growth of the British economy.
Led By Donkeys, a relatively small group of political activists that has been vocally critical of the country’s Eurosceptics since its inception in December 2018, seized the opportunity. So far through donations, he has managed to raise over 150 giant posters across the UK with Farage’s photo looking at his words, which are also the caption of the campaign in question: “Brexit has failed”.
After all, this is what the vast majority of public opinion also believes. A recent poll by the Yougov company showed that now 62% of Britons believe that the country’s exit from the EU has failed, while only 9% say the opposite.
Similar are the conclusions of the Savanta company’s research for the Independent newspaper carried out at the beginning of the year. In it two-thirds of Britons say the economy, the UK’s global influence and the ability to control the country’s borders after Brexit have worsened.
With these and others, 65% of the British are already in favor of holding a second referendum. A rate that has increased by 10 points compared to last year, and thus the issue often occupies the public debate of the country. In fact, a new word “Bregret” has been created. It comes from the words ‘Britain’ and ‘regret’ meaning ‘Britain’ and ‘regret’ respectively.
The rapid increase in British dissatisfaction with the country’s exit from the EU, and indeed in just two years since Brexit was implemented, is not at all accidental. Quite simply because the politicians who had promised better days to citizens after the UK left the Union proved inadequate to say the least.
First of all, the country’s National Health System, the famous NHS, has not only not improved as Brexiteers had promised before the referendum, but instead is faltering more and more every day. It is typical that over 10,000 employees have resigned from their positions within a year. Positions that cannot easily be filled by EU citizens as it has now become extremely difficult for them to settle in the UK.
On the other hand, recent research by the London School of Economics (LSE) showed that Brexit costs the average household £210 each year just for the food it buys because of the extra paperwork for importing it from EU countries. And this cost hits mainly low economic incomes. “The Conservative government’s decision to create barriers to trade with our biggest trading partner is the last thing we need, especially in this cost of living crisis,” the analysts observed.
But things are not better in immigration either. EU citizens working in the UK may have fallen, but foreign workers from other countries have risen sharply. According to research by the Guardian newspaper, while in 2021 these workers were estimated at 2.5 million, in 2022 they exceeded 2.7 million.
Perhaps the most characteristic approach to the situation is that made by the mayor of London and a key member of the Labor opposition: “Brexit has weakened our economy, broken our unity and tarnished our reputation. After two years of denial and avoidance, we now have to face the hard truth: Brexit is not working,” said Sadiq Khan in his annual speech at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London.
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