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Newbury shoppers doubtful over Brexit process

Locals reveal their views to mark the second anniversary of the UK’s referendum

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Newbury shoppers doubtful over Brexit process

BREXIT is not going well – that was the overriding feeling revealed by a survey carried out in Newbury town centre last weekend.

Local political group West Berkshire Stronger Together (WBST) took to Northbrook Street on Saturday to gauge how people felt Brexit was developing.  

The group carried out the survey to mark the second anniversary of the UK’s referendum to leave the European Union.   

Using two ‘Brexitometers’, passer-bys were asked to vote on a number of issues that were highlighted during the referendum and those that continue to dominate government debate.

Newbury shoppers voted by placing coloured stickers on a board.

More than 400 people participated in the study, in which more than 2,400 votes were cast on the various issues dominating Britain’s break-up with the European union.

It found that local people’s greatest concern – in the simplest of terms – was that Brexit was not going well, with 365 votes (91 per cent of those cast) saying so.

Some 80 per cent of those polled did not believe that Brexit would be good for jobs or the NHS, in spite of a promise during the referendum of an extra £350m a week for the NHS in a Brexit Britain.

And a massive 93 per cent of those surveyed did not want to see current standards on the environment, animal welfare, workers rights or consumer protections compromised in order to secure trade deals.

Most also held the view that the British public should be allowed to vote on the final deal, with 70 per cent of those surveyed supporting the idea.

Co-ordinator of WBST Peter Norman said: “While we do not pretend this is a scientific poll, what struck me was how many people engaged with the process, at times queuing up to have a chance to have their say.

“Newbury shoppers from all political parties and from both sides of the Brexit argument took part, engendering lively debates between participants as well as the organisers of the poll.”

Mr Norman continued: “I very much hope that our MP, Richard Benyon, will take note of these findings and start listening to his constituents, as opposed to following the dictates of his party.

“This is especially important as he considers some key parliamentary motions including whether people should get a vote on the final deal.”

WBST was set up in the wake of the referendum by a group of people who wanted to continue to campaign for Britain to stay within the EU.

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  • NewburyResident

    27/06/2018 - 10:10

    Maybe if people stopped undermining Britain the process would be quicker and we would get a better deal. It seems the remoaners are determined to whinge at make it fail so they can say we told you so. There was never a referendum to join the EU and promises by Tony Blair to give Britain a say on increased powers never hapenned as he was afraid we wouldn't vote for what he wanted. Had we had a vote at that stage we could have vetoed increased powers and been in a much stronger position to negotiate had we decided to leave at that time. Indeed without the increased powers and a few other changes and we may have decided to stay.

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  • Basher

    26/06/2018 - 19:07

    One decision you could make Eugene is to spare us your regular verbose waffle.

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    • EugeneStryker

      26/06/2018 - 22:10

      Do you find side of a bus succinct easier to cope with?

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      • NewburyLad

        27/06/2018 - 12:12

        I can certainly understand the difference between a suggestion and an order or a promise. The clue is to understand what the word "Let's" means. Shame an awful lot of remain voting people lacked such education.....

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        • EugeneStryker

          27/06/2018 - 14:02

          YouGov: ". . .70% of voters whose educational attainment is only GCSE or lower voted to Leave, while 68% of voters with a university degree voted to Remain in the EU. Those with A levels and no degree were evenly split, 50% to 50%". Dominic Cummings who came up with the bus slogan has said that the referendum was a dumb idea and leaving the EU may be an error.

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  • NewburyLad

    26/06/2018 - 14:02

    Carried out by a Remain in the EU group. Results are not going to be balanced.

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  • Basher

    26/06/2018 - 12:12

    Just another desperate and futile attempt by the remoaners to thwart the decision made by the people.............and, Bombey, a lot of them DID understand what they were voting for and, in any case, democracy is all about freedom to vote no matter what. The people weren't "allowed to vote" - they were entitled to vote.

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    • NewburyLad

      26/06/2018 - 14:02

      Everyone understood EXACTLY what leaving the EU meant. Even the god damned EU loving Liberal Undemocrat party were screaming from the rooftops that leaving the EU meant leaving the single market and leaving the customs union and leaving the ECJ and so on. It was spelled out very clearly, with even David Cameron telling us exactly what leaving the EU meant and the remainers are just being highly offensive in claiming that none of us knew what we voted for.

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    • EugeneStryker

      26/06/2018 - 13:01

      This reads like you're a champion of democracy as demonstrated by the referendum, but don't want more 'democracy' because the decision has already been made and should be fixed in time (but that can't be the case because we're in the EU in the first place due a referendum). If what you voted for won't be delivered by the Brexit negotiations and end deal (like you won't get your curved bananas back and still have to weigh stuff in grams), wouldn't you like the chance to say that on reflection you'd like to stay in the EU? Or, is it the case you'd like to exit the EU regardless on the consequences? Personally, when presented with more details, information and facts I like to be able to correct decisions and opinions I have made if they turn out to be flawed. Out of interest what did you vote for?

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      • NoisyNortherner

        26/06/2018 - 14:02

        Having made a turning on a road, and then realising that said road isn't finished, isn't it better to have an option to brake rather than to say "WE'RE COMMITTED NOW, NO POINT IN SLOWING DOWN!".

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