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More Than Half Of Young Voters Are Worried About Brexit, New Poll Finds

18-24-year-olds have also lost confidence in the government.

15/08/2017 15:39 | Updated 16 August 2017
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More than half of young voters are worried about the impact of Brexit, according to new research.

Quarterly data from the QT consumer tracking survey, analysed by media agency the7stars to assess how much confidence people have in the government and found just 19% of participants responded positively in August, compared to 32% in a pre-general election survey. 

Confidence in the UK’s political system as a whole suffered a similar drop, declining from 26% to 15% as election fatigue and mounting concern over Brexit sets in.

This drop is underscored more sharply among young adults (18-24), where confidence in the government sank to just 7%, while the number reporting worries about the UK’s departure from the EU rose to 55% in August, up 7% from February. 

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European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said the UK's Brexit plans were "fantasy".

Frances Revel, part of the company that commissioned the research, said: “This latest survey reflects the upheaval of a difficult last quarter as the hopeful air with which Brits anticipated the general election has dissolved, confidence in the government has plummeted, and the realities of Brexit start to emerge.”

Among the 1,000 people surveyed, 12% reported they were bored of the subject of Brexit and the proportion who reported being “excited” about it fell from 13% to just 6%.

This week the UK plans to enter into a customs partnership with the EU after 2019 were dismissed as “fantasy” by the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator.

Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt made the comments just hours after the Brexit Secretary David Davis revealed the UK could seek a “customs partnership” with the EU.

That plan would mean no border checks on goods traveling between the UK and the continent.

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