Express readers weigh in on Brexit’s success seven years on

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It has been seven years since Britons headed to the polls to vote in the Brexit referendum on the UK’s future as a member of the European Union, which saw the public backing Leave 52 to 48.

The UK was a member of the EU for 47 years and officially left the bloc on January 31 2020, but some EU laws are still in place.

Brexit continues to divide Britain with some celebrating the nation’s independence while others feel regret for the impact it has had and some long for the day the UK reunites with Europe.

A new poll has found that just over a third of readers think that Brexit has been a success.

Brexiteer Nigel Farage told on the anniversary that the “battle for Brexit” is far from over.

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In a poll that ran from 10am on Thursday, June 22 to 2.30pm on Friday, June 23, asked readers: “Do you think it’s been a success?”

A total of 6,134 votes were received with 53 percent (3,268 people) answering “no” it has been a failure compared to 36 percent (2,181 people) who said “yes” it has been a success. A further 11 percent (656 people) said that is was “too soon to say” and just 29 people said they did not know.

Hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers debated the success of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

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Many readers argued that Brexit has been a failure, with username, gunnar, writing: “It is and will be an ongoing disaster.”

Username loutraki1 also considered the withdrawal to have failed, explaining: “It could have been a success. But the whole process of leaving was thwarted at every turn by Remainers in and out of the establishment who refused to take the Leave vote as the will of the people. Brexit had been watered down as a direct result of these saboteurs.”

Likewise, username Pineapple remarked: “Brexit can’t be considered a success so far because our Government have not and will not be bold enough.”

Username JLA agreed that the impact has been a failure but highlighted that the referendum result was successfully achieved, writing: “Brexit, the act of leaving the EU, is a success. The withdrawal agreement however is an unmitigated failure.”

Other readers thought commended the success of Brexit, with username JohnJBrown writing: “Brexit was leaving the EU. In that respect, it is certainly successful. We left the EU; fully, completely, absolutely. We are no longer members.”

Another, username Volumex32, wrote: “The referendum was a vote on either continued membership or to leave and the latter won. As we have now left, then yes it has been a success.”

While username red_33 thought that the implementation could have been better, commenting: “Yes! It’s been a success but it could have been outstanding!”

Some readers argued that more time was needed before determining the success of failure of Brexit. Username Barry Gardner said: “Brexit has not yet been given the slightest chance of succeeding.”

Username Adrian617 remarked: “It still hasn’t fully been implemented yet, the politicians keeping capitulating from the EU instead of doing what we voted for.”

And username uncivilservant wrote: “Too soon to say, until it is actually delivered we cannot judge its success.”

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