Britons turn back on re-joining EU as latest polling shows even Remainers don’t fancy it

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A recent Opinium poll found that marginally over one in four (27 percent) of Britons want the UK to rejoin the bloc. This compares with 22 percent who want to “stay out and get more distant”, according to the poll by Opinium.

It also found that 20 percent of people surveyed said that they either agreed with the statement “stay out but get closer” or “stay as we are”.

Academic Matt Goodwin tweeted the results – which excluded “didn’t knows” – yesterday.

He added: “Only 52 percent Remainers want to Rejoin, reflecting how Rejoinerism lacks mass enthusiasm/big chunk of pragmatic Remainers.

“Only 27 percent of 18-34s say Re-Join, reflecting how Rejoinerism is not generational raison d’etre for Zoomers.”

His comments will come as grim reading for Remainiac politicians who have repeatedly expressed their desire to move the UK back into the clutches of Brussels.

Lord Adonis, a former Labour cabinet minister, marked the fifth anniversary of the historic Brexit vote last week to demand the country rejoins.

The Labour peer took to Twitter to fume that Brexit had left the UK “diminished, divided and devalued” and going in the “wrong direction”.

He added: “All the wrong people are in charge, leading in the wrong direction.

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“Step by step towards Rejoin is the way back.”

The chair of the pro-EU group European Movement also claimed the UK could rejoin the EU in this generation.

Writing for the Independent, he said: “Were it not for Covid-19, and the success of the British vaccination programme while the European Commission initially flailed, I suspect British politics would today be overwhelmed by Brexit.

“Once we are post-Covid, the fact that Brexit is so obviously unstable and unviable will reassert itself.

“In my view, Brexit almost certainly won’t last in this extreme form and may well be reversed entirely in this generation.”

Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair has also called Brexit an act of “self-harm” which he is “passionately opposed to”.

In January, Mr Blair wrote: “And – not that it is remotely on the agenda now – if there ever is to be a rekindling of a European future for Britain, under the leadership of a new younger generation, it can come only through a Britain that is strong, not one on its knees, a Britain Europe wants to imitate not isolate.”

The poll questioned 2,000 UK adults between June 23 and 25.

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