Majority of British people positive about future following Brexit vote, suggests poll for BBC Radio 5 live
Over the course of the day, BBC Radio 5 live will be examining these findings and inviting the UK to get involved in a national debate to discuss the impact Brexit is already having on British society. Jonathan Wall, Controller, BBC Radio 5 live
Last week the Prime Minister, Theresa May reiterated that the UK must focus on the "opportunities" on offer outside the EU and that “means no second referendum, no attempts to sort of stay in the EU by the back door."
Having had two months to absorb the biggest political moment of a generation, the BBC will take the pulse of the nation again in its most in-depth look at ‘Brexit Britain’ with impartial reports from every region and nation as well as live discussion across television, radio and online.
Brexit poll for 5 Live
The ComRes survey for BBC Radio 5 live looks at a number of different issues including people’s thoughts on Britain’s place in the world, people’s identity and their views on the future of Britain after the Referendum result. The poll not only records people’s responses but also breaks the figures down to look at the different attitudes between those people who voted ‘Leave’ and those who backed ‘Remain’.
Unsurprisingly people’s views on the future are largely split with most (92%) of leave voters questioned saying they are ‘positive’ about the UK’s future. Remain voters are more doubtful with fewer than one in three (32%) saying they feel the same way.
The opinion poll for BBC Radio 5 live also suggests that as many as a quarter of people (26%) have said they thought about leaving Britain and living elsewhere following the EU Referendum result. For 18-34 year olds the figures suggest that two in five (43%) young people admit they’ve thought about emigrating following the Brexit vote.
Despite still not having left the EU, the survey seems to indicate that the referendum result is impacting on people’s feelings of identity with one in four UK adults (24%) saying they feel a lesser sense of belonging to Europe. When it comes to people’s attitudes around whether they feel a greater sense of belonging to the UK, one in four (24%) Leave voters responding felt a greater part of the UK post referendum with one in twenty (5%) Remain voters feeling the same way.
Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Radio 5 live, says: “As the dust begins to settle on the most important UK wide Referendum result for a generation, the poll published today tests the water and provides an insight in to people’s attitudes and outlook two months on from polling day.
“Over the course of the day, BBC Radio 5 live will be examining these findings and inviting the UK to get involved in a national debate to discuss the impact Brexit is already having on British society. Maybe you’re excited about a future outside the EU, concerned about the potential impact on the jobs market or just want to know more about how things are developing. Either way BBC Radio 5 live will once again be at the heart of the BBC’s coverage of this important issue.”
BBC Radio 5 live’s coverage
Across the day BBC Radio 5 live will be finding out how positive or negative people are feeling in the light of the referendum result. Presenter Nicky Campbell is with a panel of 5 live listeners in Ipswich for 5 live Breakfast (0600-1000hrs), including a special edition of the Your Call phone in (0900-1000hrs). During the phone in Nicky will be asking about hopes and fears for the negotiation process.
For 5 live- Daily (1000-1300hrs) , Adrian Chiles will be joined by a group of 18 – 34 year olds to find out the views of the younger generation. Attention then turns to Anna Foster as she presents a special programme, bringing together BBC Radio 5 live Drive and the BBC News Channel, live from Nottingham.
Wider BBC coverage
Further coverage discussion and debate around BBC Radio 5 live’s survey results and the issues that matter most across the UK will take place across the BBC’s television and radio network. Flagship programmes including Radio 4’s Today, BBC Breakfast, the World at One, and BBC News bulletins at One, Six and Ten will carry special reports and interviews about Britain’s place in the world.
The BBC News Channel will join BBC Radio 5 Live by reporting on the road with an up close sense of how people are reflecting on and preparing for Brexit Britain. The BBC Nations and Regions TV programmes will also reflect the story in their areas at 1830 and 2230.
A new series of BBC Inside Out (1930-2000hrs) will see the 12 current affairs programmes across England looking at regional aspects including house prices and assessing how businesses from salad growers to car manufacturers are looking to the future.