Sunak says UK made ‘huge strides’ since Brexit, three years on
London, Jan 31 (EFE).- The United Kingdom has made “huge strides” since leaving the European Union, British prime minister Rishi Sunak has said in a statement to mark the third anniversary of Brexit’s official implementation on Tuesday.
As an independent nation, the UK has seized post-Brexit opportunities to face challenges lying ahead, he stressed.
“In the three years since leaving the EU, we’ve made huge strides in harnessing the freedoms unlocked by Brexit to tackle generational challenges,” said Sunak, who supported the UK’s withdrawal in the 2016 referendum.
“Whether leading Europe’s fastest vaccine rollout, striking trade deals with over 70 countries or taking back control of our borders, we’ve forged a path as an independent nation with confidence.
“And in my first 100 days as prime minister, that momentum hasn’t slowed – we’re cutting red tape for businesses, levelling up through our freeports, and designing our own, fairer farming system to protect the British countryside.”
A recent survey by global research firm Ipsos, however, showed that support for leaving the EU has dropped significantly.
According to the survey, which was carried out online with 1,000 respondents aged between 18 and 75 on January 25-26, 45% of people said Brexit was going worse than they expected, up from the 28% registered in another survey in June 2021. Thirty-nine percent believed Brexit is meeting their expectations.
The UK’s government is facing massive strike action across numerous sectors from rail workers and teachers to nurses and ambulance drivers to demand higher pay amid an ongoing cost of living crisis and labor shortages.EFE