Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northerners Still Happy to Be on Our Way out of EU

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northerners Still Happy to Be on Our Way out of EU

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Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com jonwalker121

THE North still backs Brexit but there is little confidence in the Government's ability to negotiate a good deal with the European Union.

One year after the EU referendum vote, a survey found that support for Brexit is higher in the North of England than in any other part of the UK. But a significant minority of people in the region fear it will lead to higher prices in the shops and fewer jobs.

The survey, by polling company YouGov, found 48% of people in the North of England believe the UK was right to vote to leave the EU, with 39% saying it was wrong.

This is a contrast with the national figure, as just 44% of people across the UK think the country made the right choice while 45% think Britain was wrong to vote to leave.

Just 15% of people in the North think the UK should either just ignore the referendum result and stay in anyway, or hold a second vote so people have a chance to change their minds.

Attitudes are different in some other parts of the country. In London, 32% said they wanted to remain in the EU or to hold another referendum, But while the North still backs Brexit, voters aren't convinced the Government is going to get a good deal.

Asked how well or badly the Gov-ernment is doing at negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union, 26% of people in the North said the Government is doing well - and 45% said it was doing badly.

The survey found 29% of people in the North expect goods to become more expensive in the shops, and 21% said companies would be less likely to invest in the UK.

And 14% of people in the North, around one in seven, expect quitting the EU to plunge the UK into a fullblown recession.

But 31% of people in the region said Brexit would allow us to strike trade deals with other countries, while 27% said a positive impact would be a fall in immigration.

Brexit talks have begin, a year after the EU referendum on June 23 2016. …

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