A new poll finds that over fifty per cent of people think the Leave campaign had been mostly or completely misleading.
A new poll has found that a large proportion of Brexit voters feel misled over the Leave campaign’s promises. The mandate for leaving the EU has never looked so wobbly.
The survey by Opinium found that: a third of Brexit voters believed the claim that leaving the EU would mean an extra £350m a week for the NHS; ten per cent still think it will happen; but a quarter of respondents feel they were misled.
Respondents were asked whether they believed the £350m NHS pledge last year: a quarter said they did at the time — 35 per cent of Leave voters and 16 per cent of Remain voters.
A year after the vote, over half of respondents to the poll said the Leave campaign had been mostly or completely misleading and only 19 per cent described it as being truthful.
The £350m to the NHS promise pedalled by leading Brexit campaigners, including Tory ministers, was quickly reneged upon after the referendum — the Tory Party did not include it in their manifesto at the June election.
Chris Grayling said the £350m figure that appeared on the site of a Vote Leave bus that toured the country was an “aspiration” not a pledge.
Since then, the £350m figure itself has been called into question. It recently came out that Britain actually pays the EU less than half this sum per week. The UK’s net contribution of £156m a week is at its lowest level in five years, the UK Statistics Authority figures revealed.
The poll also should that were there another referendum on whether to leave the EU, 47 per cent of people said they’d vote Remain and 44 per cent said they’d vote to leave.
However, only 37 per cent of respondents believed there should be a second referendum and 49 per cent opposed the idea.
47 per cent of respondents said they disapproved of the way Theresa May handled the Brexit process, with 28 per cent approving of her actions.
So there you have it: yet more evidence that we’re leaving the EU in the back of a string of lies from Tory and UKIP politicians.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.