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Public Refuse to Back Government Handing of Brexit

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Survation poll for GMB marking Article 50 anniversary reveals less than a third of the public think ministers have put jobs first in negotiations

New research commissioned by GMB, Britain’s general union, shows the UK public are refusing to back the way ministers are handling Brexit.

The results from pollsters Survation, the only company to accurately predict last year’s election result, only 15% think Government is handling the Brexit process well, with more than three times as many (48%) saying it is being handled badly.

Less than a third (28%) of people believe the Government has put jobs, wages and living standards as a top priority in Brexit negotiations

The poll comes as the countdown clock started with the triggering of Article 50 on 29 March signals a year to go until Brexit.

In addition, almost 60% of people do not think it’s likely the NHS will benefit from £350 million a week when Britain leaves the EU – with just 6% thinking it’s ‘very likely’ and 14% believing it to be ‘quite likely’.

A total of 67% think Brexit is a distraction the Government from other important issues facing the county.

Meanwhile less than 10 per cent of people strongly believe the Government has put jobs, wages and living standards as a top priority in the negotiations with the EU.

The figures show that of those polled: [1]

·        Only 6% currently think it is 'very likely' that the Conservative government would spend £350m additional per week on the NHS after we leave the EU 

·         Only 15% of the public think 'the government is handling the Brexit process well'

·         Only 8% strongly agree that “the government has put people’s jobs, wages and living standards as a top priority in its Brexit negotiations” with a further 20% saying they 'somewhat agree'

·         67% believe that “Brexit is distracting the government from addressing other important issues facing the country

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“The Brexit clock is ticking, people are increasingly worried about the future, and the Government is doing nothing to put their minds at rest.

 “The vast majority of the public now believe that promises of £350 million extra for the NHS was cobblers.

"So many people voted for Brexit because the idea of 'taking back control' appealed to them - the status quo and how things were going just wasn't working for them.

 “If these negotiations mean fewer good jobs, companies leaving the UK and continued insecurity and uncertainty, it will be because the Government has made a hash of it.

"Ministers need to put the needs of working people and communities ahead of their own backbenchers' obsessive backbiting."


Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at

[1] Survation interviewed 1,038 people online on 7th-8th March 2018. Data were weighted to the profile of all UK adults aged 18+. Survation are a member of the British Polling Council and abide by their rules.

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