Report finds potential loss of government trust over Brexit after coronavirus (COVID-19)

Report finds potential loss of government trust over Brexit after coronavirus (COVID-19)

UK in a Changing Europe has published a new report titled ‘Will Getting Brexit Done Restore Political Trust?’ The report explains that as the government lost substantial trust over its management of coronavirus (COVID-19), the government is in danger of losing further trust if they fail to deliver an effective Brexit deal and trade deal.

The main findings from the report include:

• coronavirus has a significant impact on trust by ‘diverting public attention onto both the government’s direct management of the pandemic and its fallout for the economy, the health system and education’

• the Prime Minister and his government are trusted with Brexit, but the benefit from that is limited

• battles for public trust in future are likely to be focused on post-coronavirus recovery

• most participants expected a need to delay the negotiations

• there is widespread cynicism that the government would try to ‘hide behind Covid’ when it came to any negative economic impacts of Brexit

• if Brexit is ‘revived in the public mind, through wrangling over trade deals with the EU, there is a risk that it undermines rather than enhances trust in the government’

The report can be viewed here.

Source: Government losing trust over handling of COVID-19 and potentially Brexit, new academic report finds

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