Tom Harwood hits out at Verhofstadt over 'bonkers' EU hopes
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The Belgian MEP tweeted an article about a recent Opinium survey which found that most British voters believe Brexit has gone worse than expected.
The survey, published in December, found that 26 percent of Leave voters believed Brexit had failed to meet their expectations one year after the end of the transition period.
Adam Drummond, of Opinium, said: “For most of the Brexit process any time you’d ask a question that could be boiled down to ‘is Brexit good or bad?’ you’d have all of the Remainers saying ‘bad’ and all of the Leavers saying ‘good’ and these would cancel each other out.
“Now what we’re seeing is a significant minority of Leavers saying that things are going badly or at least worse than they expected.
“While 59 percent of Remain voters said, ‘I expected it to go badly and think it has’, only 17 percent of Leave voters said, ‘I expected it to go well and think it has’.
“Only 7 percent of Remainers think Brexit has gone better than expected versus 26 percent of Leavers saying it has gone worse than expected.
“So instead of two uniformly opposing blocs, the Remain bloc are still mostly united on Brexit being bad while the Leave bloc are a bit more split.”
In a blatant attack on the UK, Mr Verhosftadt shared an article from The Guardian highlighting the survey’s findings, adding: “One year Brexit…
“Red tape is up, trade is down, opportunities for the UK and the EU’s young people reduced.
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“No plan to exploit ‘the benefits’…as there aren’t any.
“A nation duped by a few politicians who will never face the consequences of their lies!”
But the Belgian politician’s comments were met with angry responses by Brexiteers on Twitter.
Twitter user Michael de Monte replied: “Guy, the red tape that has led to the reduced trade (which I welcome, don’t get me wrong) is because of choices the EU made.
“I’m delighted that there are barriers going up between us-I only wish they were higher & that there were more of them.”
Romana Sustar ecohed: “There are still plenty opportunities and instead of being pessimistic, try to look for the new ways and positive cooperations. Happy 2022!”
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While Twitter user Kev Aritak added: “This is pro-EU propaganda. The British youth have MORE opportunities now we’ve stopped business poaching ready trained from EU countries. For eg we’ve never had so many nurses in training in the UK.
“Wages aren’t be suppressed by mass EU immigration either.”
Others called on Mr Verhofstadt to move on from Brexit and concentrate on EU issues.
David Jones said: “Focus on the EU’s own challenges. No meaningful assessment of Brexit can be made until at least 5 years. I hope by then there will be a new generation of (some) EU leaders who feel less bitter about the UK leaving and both parties can enjoy a more constructive relationship.”
Adam Friend added: “You need to stop this obsession with UK and focus on your actual member states.”
A user called Marcus wrote: “Oh Guy give it a rest, you lost and the UK won. When the others follow, don’t cry.”
The Opinium poll came a week after the minister in charge of Brexit, Lord David Frost, resigned from Boris Johnson’s cabinet.
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