May has signed the letter to trigger Article 50
A Sky Data poll found half of people were “happy or very happy”, with only 36 per cent claiming they feel sad about leaving the EU.
Dismayed Remoaners are out of touch with the public and the results suggests many who voted to stay last June have now changed their mind, while there was little evidence to show those who chose to leave the crumbling bloc last year regretted their decision.
May will call on Britons to put their Brexit disagreements behind them and join forces on the “momentous journey” to freedom from the European Union.
The Government will be keen to retain the current public mood as negotiation period starts today and May will insist on simultaneous debates over the trade deal and the divorce bill with EU leaders.
People have had enough. Hopefully it will mean we can concentrate on the UK
Carl from Great Yarmouth
In Great Yarmouth, Carl, who voted to leave the EU said: “People have had enough. Hopefully it will mean we can concentrate on the UK.”
Chris Hanretty, lecturer in politics at the University of East Anglia, said: “There hasn't been much evidence at all of Bregret or remorse or people changing their minds, just because, well, they haven't seen much change… so far.”
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A market stall worker in Norwich was not as cheerful about the Brexit process, saying: “I don't feel right about it. When unions break apart, it never ends well.”
Another poll by NatCen focused on the Government’s Brexit aims and interviewed 2,322 people last month. They found that 68 per cent of voters are clear that they want free movement to end.
The London Mayor issued a warning to the EU as negotiations begin
Nigel Farage has previously stated that immigration was the “absolute key” to winning the Brexit vote and claimed people have become fed up with their quality of life “deteriorating” due to mass migration.
The poll also shows that an overwhelming majority – 88 per cent – want to keep free trade with the EU when we leave.
May signed the letter beneath a portrait of Robert Walpole, Britain’s first prime minister
Sadiq Khan today warned Brussels that a "bad" Brexit deal will be just as damaging for the European Union as it will be for Britain.
The London mayor said: “A bad deal for Brexit that hurts London would hurt the EU too. It would cut Europe off from the only truly global financial sector. This would be bad new for Europe as well as Britain.”