6 in 10 Brits feel the EU has been harsh during Brexit negotiations

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12th February 2019 17:08 - Central Government

6 in 10 Brits feel the EU has been harsh during Brexit negotiations: A survey to gauge public opinion around Brexit has found nearly 6 in 10 (58%) believe the EU has been ‘harsh towards the UK'.

The survey by the Centre for European Research at the Queen Mary University of London also revealed a generational divide with almost 8 in 10 people over the age of 65 believing the EU has been harsh compared to just 37% of those aged 18-24 and 48% of 25-49 year-olds.

Also highlighted by the survey were opinions over the loss of the automatic right to work, live and study in EU countries  While 63% of respondents aged 18-24 believe it is a serious loss for the UK, just over a third (34%) aged 65+ have the same opinion.

The research also revealed insight into how the British feel they are now viewed by citizens in EU countries, with just over half (55%) saying they feel others see the UK in a more negative light because of Brexit. This view was held by far more Remain voters (78%) than those who voted to leave (35%). 

When it comes to how people of EU countries feel about the UK dropping out of the European Union, just under half (48%) think citizens of the EU will be sorry to see the UK depart, while 3 in 10 believe Europeans do not really have strong feelings either way.

Considering how the EU will fare after the UK's departure over half of the respondents polled (54%) believe the EU will be weaker without the UK, with 7 out of 10 (70%)  aged 65 and over feeling this way. When it comes to Leavers and Remainers, 66% of Leavers think the EU will be worse off without Britain as a member, compared to 55% of those who wanted to remain in the EU. 

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