Most Britons support rejoining the EU's single market

2023-11-29 21:02:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
Most Britons support rejoining the EU's single market
Puzzles with printed flags of the EU and the United Kingdom are seen in this illustration taken November 13, 2019. REUTERS

A majority of Britons support rejoining the European Union's single market even though it would mean restoring the free movement of workers from the bloc, according to a poll published on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Curbing immigration was a key reason Britons voted to leave the European Union in 2016.

Polls in recent months have shown most people now think Brexit was a mistake, and Wednesday's poll comes less than a week after data showed annual net migration to the UK reached a record high last year. - more than double the figure recorded in the year before the Brexit vote.

The YouGov poll showed that 57% of Britons would now support joining the single market even if it meant resuming the free movement of people, a policy that led to millions of families and workers moving to Britain.

One in five people opposed it.

Support for membership of the single market, which also guarantees the free movement of goods and services, was divided along political lines.

For those polled who voted to leave the EU and would support the opposition Labor Party in tomorrow's election, 53% support membership of the single market, with 31% against.

For those who voted for Brexit and intend to vote for the ruling Conservatives, just 29% would support a return to the single market, with 54% against.

Labour, which is on track to win the next election according to polls, has promised to improve the country's trade relationship with the bloc, but leader Keir Starmer has said he does not want a return./ CNA

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