Brexit news latest: Almost 70% of Brits think UK is ‘angrier’ since 2016 referendum, study says

Some 69 per cent of Britons say the country has got angrier since the Brexit referendum, according to new research.

The poll also found 17 per cent have fallen out with family and friends in rows over the UK’s EU divorce.

The stats were released in the annual “trust barometer” by communications firm Edelman. It said the study reflected a “disunited Kingdom” with Brexit at the heart of divisions.

It has even led to the intervention of the Queen. Last week, she urged people to “respect” other people’s views in comments widely seen to be referring to Brexit.

The figures, taken from a survey of 2,000 people, also found 40 per cent of Britons think other people are more now more likely to take part in violent protests.

There were also poor levels of trust in Prime Minister Theresa May (35 per cent) and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (26 per cent).

However, in one positive for British democracy, 35 per cent said they were now reading, watching or listening to more news as a result of Brexit.

Edelman’s UK and Ireland chief executive Ed Williams said: “We are a disunited Kingdom: a country that is seen as increasingly unfair, less tolerant and headed in the wrong direction.

“Brexit has exposed fractures that have split families and divided friends, made us meaner and angrier as a society, and stoked fears of violent protest and civil disorder.

“The divisions exposed by our decision to leave the European Union are not binary. They are far more complex.”

He continued: “But the consequences are clear – as a country we see our politicians and our political leaders as out of touch, and we lack faith in their ability to heal the divide.

“Instead we are looking increasingly to business and to our employers to lead and to act with social purpose.”

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