On 1 January 2021, the UK officially left the European Union for good. The split with Brussels followed the British referendum of 23 June 2016, in which almost 52 percent of Britons expressed their wish to leave the European entity.
However, a recent poll carried out by the Savanta data research group shows that many Brits are currently convinced that Brexit has damaged the country's economy and influence on the world stage. Some think there is a growing appetite for a second referendum on EU membership. According to the survey, a majority of those polled believe that leaving the European Union has badly damaged key elements of the British economy and reduced the UK's ability to control its own borders.
In effect, two years after Brexit, almost two-thirds of Britons questioned said they support a new referendum on EU membership – 65 percent calling for a new vote, compared to 55 percent just a year ago. Some 22 percent want a return to the polls within five years, 24 percent within six to ten years, and only 4 percent in more than twenty years.
Only 24 percent of those surveyed – compared to 34 percent a year ago – believe that there should be no new referendum. According to the same survey, 54 percent of respondents now believe that Brexit was the wrong choice for the country, compared to 46 percent previously.