Brexit Support Declines as Majority in UK Now Believe Leaving EU Was Wrong Decision

Conservatives face grim outlook in UK local elections as support for Brexit and the party declines, with experts predicting a disastrous result for the Tories.

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Mahnoor Jehangir
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Brexit Support Declines as Majority in UK Now Believe Leaving EU Was Wrong Decision

Brexit Support Declines as Majority in UK Now Believe Leaving EU Was Wrong Decision

As the UK gears up for local elections on May 2, the Conservative Party is facing a grim outlook, with polls showing a significant decline in support for Brexit and the party itself. A majority of people in the UK now believe that leaving the European Union was the wrong decision, a sentiment that is hurting the Conservatives who are closely tied to Brexit.

Experts are predicting a disastrous result for the Conservatives in the upcoming elections, with the party trailing Labour by a huge margin and having no chance of closing the gap before voters head to the polls. Polling data from the More in Common think tank shows that Conservative support has collapsed across various voter groups, including the "Red Wall" and "Blue Wall" areas that were critical to their previous electoral successes.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's attempts to boost the party's fortunes have largely fallen flat with voters. Policies such as cutting National Insurance and hinting at withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights have not resonated with the electorate. Sunak is also facing growing frustration within his own party, with some MPs suggesting a potential coup attempt could happen at any time.

Why this matters: The decline in support for Brexit and the Conservative Party has significant implications for the future of UK politics. If the Conservatives suffer a devastating defeat in the local elections, it could pave the way for a Labour victory in the next general election and potentially lead to a decade of Labour rule.

The Conservative Party is bracing for impact, with strategists hoping to limit losses to no more than 400 councillors out of the 1,000 Tory incumbents standing. However, even this may not be enough to prevent a major defeat. As one former cabinet minister put it, "Rishi is trapped. There's nothing he can do. He has no chance of winning the next election."

Key Takeaways

  • UK local elections: Conservatives face grim outlook, trailing Labour
  • Majority now believe Brexit was wrong, hurting Conservatives
  • Sunak's policies fail to resonate, party faces potential coup
  • Conservatives brace for major defeat, could lose 400+ councillors
  • Potential Labour victory could lead to decade of Labour rule