Saturday, 23 March 2019
As well as being a concern for British politicians, British citizens are worried about Brexit too.
Four in ten Brits have felt angry, powerless or worried as the deadline approaches, according to a poll published on Friday.
43% of the people in the poll said they had felt powerless. 39% have felt angry, 38% have felt worried and 17% have felt high levels of stress over the last 12 months, according to the poll, which was requested by the Mental Health Association. 1,800 people took part.
Around a quarter (26%) of those that took part said they have not been affected by Brexit, despite the high risk of a no-deal Brexit on the 29th of March. This scenario was a particular concern for economists.
Brexit does not seem to have generated much enthusiasm: only 9% said they felt hopeful, 3% were happy about it and just 2% said they were feeling confident about the next steps in the process.
“Our poll clearly shows that Brexit means the current politic situation is having an impact on the wellbeing of millions of people”, Mark Rowland, the director of the Mental Health Association, said in a press release.
“But even though these results are very worrying, there is also good news: despite the uncertainty, the majority of people seem able to manage the situation and a quarter said they did not really feel anything at all about Brexit”.
The poll also shows that Brexit had been a cause of family disputes for 19% of people.
Geographically, “the closer you get to London” which mostly voted to remain the EU during the referendum on the 23rd of June 2016, “the more people are worried. This is despite the fact Brexit will probably have less of an impact in metropolitan areas”, Mr Rowland said when speaking to the AFP.
The Brussels Times