Brexit is going to happen, there’s no going back; but what do people want from it? The majority of Britons, including majorities of those who voted Leave and Remain in 2016, believe that it’s important that Britain maintain a close relationship with the EU. However, optimism about this future close relationship has fallen and political divides remain.
The public’s primary concern is a trade deal with the EU. However, many Leavers want to work with the EU to reduce illegal immigration into Britain, (something only 11% of Remainers think is important), despite national concern about immigration falling to the lowest point this century in 2020.
The priority for business leaders is the free movement of goods, followed by free movement of people. And many have warned that the disruption already being felt by the pandemic will only be exacerbated by a no-deal Brexit.