Rishi Sunak blasted for ‘trying to do away with’ Brexit – YOUR VERDICT

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak upheld his stance on Brexit last week, ruling out a Swiss-style relationship with the European Union and rejecting “any alignment with EU laws”. Mr Sunak told the CBI conference in Birmingham: “I voted for Brexit, I believe in Brexit and I know that Brexit can deliver, and is already delivering enormous benefits and opportunities for the country.” However, 92 percent of Express.co.uk readers believe that he is, in fact, trying to reduce the benefits of Brexit, a new poll has found.

Marco Longhi, a member of the Common Sense Group of Tory MPs and MP for Dudley North, claimed that the UK Government has not “delivered on the benefits of Brexit”.

He explained that the Conservative Party will be “judged” on its ability to deliver Brexit, telling Express.co.uk: “What we absolutely must do is to deliver on the benefits of Brexit. Huge swathes of this country voted for this Government because it believed in Brexit and we haven’t delivered on the benefits of Brexit.

“So whether it be making a bonfire of EU laws, whether it be Northern Ireland, whether it be trade barriers or controlling our borders, this is what the people of this country will judge us by.

“Fiscal policy will come and go, the number of people paying tax can change year to year, but what cannot change is our promise to the people of this country under Brexit. The clock is ticking.”

In a poll that ran from 3.30pm on Monday, November 28, to 3.30pm on Tuesday, November 29, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Is Rishi Sunak trying to ‘water down’ Brexit?”

Overall, 1,851 readers cast their votes with the overwhelming majority, 92 percent (1,704 people), answering “yes” Mr Sunak is trying to ‘water down’ Brexit. Meanwhile, five percent (95 people) said “no” he was not, and a further three percent (52 people) said they did not know.

Next, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Which Brexit would you prefer?” This question received 1,840 responses with the overall result being a “no-deal Brexit” with 82 percent (1,499 people) of votes.

A further four percent (71 people) answered “Norway-style”, and two percent (42 people) said “Swiss-style”, while 12 percent (228 people) answered “none of the above”.

Hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts on Mr Sunak’s stance on Brexit in a lively debate.

Many readers argued that Mr Sunak was trying to ‘water down’ Brexit and reduce the impact of the referendum result for the worse. 

Username Ady53 said: “For the past six years all politicians have done their utmost to water down or even cancel Brexit.”

Username robbo001 wrote: “He’s not trying to water it down, he’s trying to do away with it altogether.”

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And username anticakingagent said: “Of course he is. Brexit is causing harm to the economy. He wants to go into the next general election claiming that he saved the UK from recession.”

While username Oldreo added: “The Tories had a massive majority to complete Brexit and disconnect us totally from EU interference but haven’t done it.”

However, other readers commented that the diluting of Brexit was for the best, with username CliveLondon writing: “Anything that reduces the harm of Brexit is good.”

Similarly, username fredregar said: “Seeing as Brexit has only had a negative effect so far, then watering down the impact of Brexit can only be beneficial.”

The results are far higher when compared to a Techne UK survey for Express.co.uk, carried between November 23 and November 24 and surveying 1,625 UK adults.

The survey found some 46 percent of voters think the Prime Minister is trying to water down or reverse Brexit. Meanwhile, 44 percent said no, he is not, and 10 percent did not know.

Additionally, 55 percent of of Leave voters at the 2016 referendum said Mr Sunak was trying to water down or reverse Brexit compared to 37 percent saying he is not and wight percent did not know.

A recent poll conducted by YouGov between November 9 and 10 shows public support for Brexit at a record low with just 32 percent thinking that leaving the EU was the right decision, compared to 56 percent.

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