Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2019

Brexit news: Poll reveals 40% of Remainers would be upset if child married Leave voter | Politics | News


The 2016 referendum divided opinion among the British voting public and forever changed the face of UK politics. Remain supporters are still pushing for a second referendum on the UK’s exit from the EU. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s cabinet have promised the UK will leave the bloc on Brexit deadline day of October 31.

The Government has insisted the country will leave the EU regardless of whether a deal has been secured or not.

But a new shock poll has shown how the division in politics has permeated every corner of society – including family.

The new poll, conducted by YouGov, showed Labour supporters were more likely to become upset if their child married a supporter from the other end of the political spectrum.

It showed Labour supporters would have more of a problem with their child’s future partner than their Tory counterparts.

A third of those surveyed – or 34 percent – of those who identify with Labour say they would be upset if their child married a Conservative.

A tenth of those polled, or 11 percent, say they would be “very upset” with such a marriage.

Just over half, 56 percent, claim they would not be upset at all if their child married a Conservative voter.

The new figures showed a rise by 6 percent, compared to the same set of data in January.

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And the new survey showed there were equally stark divisions when it comes to Brexit.

Nearly forty percent of parents who voted Remain in 2016 said they would be upset to some extent if their child married someone who had opted to leave the European Union.

Meanwhile, 47 percent claimed a marriage of that kind wouldn’t upset them.

Around one-in-ten parents – 11 percent – who backed the Leave campaign said they would be upset if their child went on to marry a Remainer.

The majority of Leavers – 78 percent – said it wouldn’t upset them at all.

For some couples, the pressure of triggering Article 50, or not, proved too much for their relationships.

A survey by Relate in February 2017 showed one-fifth of 300 relationship counsellors worked with couples falling out over Brexit.

Resolution, the UK’s largest family law organisation, said that the stress of Brexit has added to the pressure on couples already teetering on the brink of divorce.

Louisa, 30, from London, told the Guardian that she expected the full impact of Brexit shall hit her relationship.

She told the newspaper: Brexit has affected my relationship in many ways and I expect the full impact of it is yet to come.

My boyfriend of six years is from Cyprus. He went to an English-language school in Cyprus, speaks English fluently and got more GCSEs and A-levels than I did.

As a Cypriot, he is also a Commonwealth citizen who had the right to vote in the Brexit referendum, yet now his status in the UK is not guaranteed.

Our relationship has always been strong and we are determined to be together, but we have both lost a little of our identity.

“My boyfriend always felt close to the British culture and way of life, but now he feels he has to work harder to fit in and merit a place here.”

YouGov polled 2,380 adults between August 21 and 22, 2019.



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