On 23 June 2016, those in support of leaving the EU won a referendum in the UK by breaking the barrier with 16.7 million votes. Thus, the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union (EU).

Others have called the move a success and liberation of the UK from the EU. However, there are those who are not in support of Brexit. For instance, the European Commissioner — Thierry Breton called Brexit “a terrible nonsense that had left Britain isolated”.

Real Research conducted a survey about Brexit and its post effects. This insight is a presentation of the results from the survey.


  • Foreign laborers are the most vulnerable to the consequences of Brexit says 34.91%
  • 47.53% say the EU is likely to accept the UK back in the union if it decides to rejoin
  • Most respondents think that the UK EU relationship after Brexit is cordial
  • 44.77% are satisfied with the new UK trade and immigration policies
  • Ireland deserves to receive the most funding after Brexit

UK Faces Supply Chain Crisis Due To Few Foreign Laborers After Brexit

One of the most notable Brexit consequences is immigration. It is seen as one of the most pressing issues facing the UK as a nation. In detail, Employers that are not currently approved by the Home Office to sponsor migrants should consider obtaining that approval. However, this issue has caused a supply chain crisis in the UK.

Various groups have been affected by the Brexit consequences. Thus, the Real Research survey sought to know which group has been affected the most. To begin with, 34.91% say foreign laborers. Following after, international students (9.94%) and immigrants with British citizenship (5.91%).

Figure 1: Foreign laborers are most vulnerable to Brexit consequences

To solve the crisis, Britain is issuing temporary visas to foreign laborers so as to meet the supply chain demand in the UK. Meanwhile, this serves to be a temporary solution and the UK has to seek permanent solutions to the crisis.

Also, what are the impacts of Brexit regarding the change of policies in various industries? Initially, after Brexit, the UK began changing its trade and immigration policies. The new rules are also beneficial to employers of skilled non-EU, non-EEA, and non-Swiss foreign nationals. Hence, 44.75% are ‘Satisfied’ with the new trade and immigration policies. Others chose ‘Moderate’ (21.92%), and ‘not satisfied’ (33.31%).

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Though most people are satisfied with the new rules, trade is one of the areas affected the most post Brexit. Britain’s trade with the EU fell sharply in July, with Brexit and the global pandemic driving exports £1.7 billion lower than in July 2018 and imports falling by £3 billion, according to official data. This reinforces the reason, 35.27% state that trade has been affected the most.

On the other hand, others say food and agriculture (9.66%), labor systems (4.75%), and mining firms (4.43%). More so, others are of the opinion that UK living standards have become lower. 

EU Might Accept the UK Back in the Union

47.53% say the EU is likely to accept the UK back in the union if it decides to rejoin. The Brexit impact on the European Union involved many challenges. This includes disruptions at ports and the detention of EU citizens by British authorities over confusion about visas. It has now been five years since Britain’s leave from the EU. Still, most Europeans say they would welcome them back if the UK decides to rejoin the union.

Real Research asked the public if they think the EU might accept the UK after leaving the European Union. The majority of the respondents 47.53% say ‘Yes’ while 20.68% say ‘No’. On another note, 31.79% say ‘it depends on the countries in the EU at that time’. Taking a look at the other side of the coin, does UK regret exiting the EU? After taking note of the Brexit impact on the European Union can UK citizens reconsider changing the referendum?

Figure 2: UK citizens would still agree to remain out of the EU

34.59% say ‘They would still remain out of the EU’. Also, 14.16% are of the idea that UK must rejoin and become an EU member again. Meanwhile, the majority (50.35%) say that they are not sure. Has anything good come from Brexit? There is no clear answer yet to this question.  The results that came from Brexit are still under scrutiny even years after the referendum vote.

Ireland Deserves the Most Funding After Brexit

The EU has dispersed a five-billion-euro fund to overcome the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from Brexit. The fund aims to assist European sectors, companies, and workers who may be affected as a result of Brexit. Therefore, the EU dispatched urgent and timely support. The swift action helped them deal with any adverse and unforeseen consequences.

Thus, 31.60% say Ireland deserves the most funding. France (9.58%), Netherlands (8.19%), Germany (5.92%), and  Belgium (4.56%). Then 40.15% of the respondents also think that there are other countries aside from the ones on the list that need funding.

Figure 3: Ireland requires most funding for EU

Ireland is significantly affected by Brexit due to its very high trade intensity with the UK. Specifically, the Brexit effects are that they lower Irish production and ultimately the Irish GDP. More so, increased trade costs will lower Irish exports of goods and services.

The survey also asked respondents how they think Brexit affected the UK. The results are ‘Positive’ (46.32%),  ‘Negative’ (21,10%), and ‘Somewhat the same’ (32.56%). Similarly, how do they think Brexit affected the European Union. ‘Positive’ (45.93%),  ‘Negative’ (21,13%), and ‘Somewhat the same’ (32.94%).

It’s years since the United Kingdom split from its single biggest trading partner EU. Brexit is proving to be disastrous for many British exporters. Thus, there is a call for the UK and EU to get back on the table and produce solutions that reduce trade barriers. Also, not only has the deal has been bad, but it’s also contributed to recent violence and rising anger in Northern Ireland.

The UK and EU Relationship After Brexit Is Cordial

36.77% of the respondents think that the relationship between the EU and UK Post-Brexit is cordial. Meanwhile, 13.72% say it’s less cordial. Additionally, 48.27% say that Britain has accomplished its goals for Brexit. 19.47% say it has not accomplished its goals. Then, the remaining 32.26% say they are not sure.

Figure 4: The EU and the UK have a cordial Post-Brexit relationship

In conclusion, the UK government has not published an assessment of the economic fallout from Brexit. Rather it continues to tout its purported benefits. Trade with Europe has taken a major hit. More so, exports of goods have plummeted. Also, the European Union and Britain are back to quarreling less than a year after finalizing Brexit. Still, they continue to fight over Northern Ireland.


Survey TitlePublic Opinion of the Brexit Effects on the United Kingdom and Europe at Large
DurationSeptember 30 – October 07, 2021
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.