A NEW poll released today has rung an economic death knell for Project Fear, with only a minority of Britons surveyed concerned about negative consequences for the country’s economy.
Put together by the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA), the poll is welcome news for Prime Minister Theresa May, who is battling division in her cabinet amid concerns about the financial costs of quitting the single market and customs union.
The poll revealed only a minority of the 2008 respondents, surveyed on May 11, had concerns about the economic impact Britain leaving the European Union will have.
But with EISA’s poll revealing confidence in the future, Mrs May can point towards an increasingly supportive public – especially regarding issues repeatedly raised by arch-Remainers in their Project Fear campaign.
The so-called Brexodus – a huge wave of highly-skilled British workers fleeing the UK for Europe – appears particularly unlikely.
While 32 per cent feared jobs may move from the UK to EU, far fewer said they themselves were considering moving too.
Only 13 per cent saying they were considering leaving the country as a result of Brexit “as I feel there are more career opportunities for me outside of the UK”.
Far more people said they would be remaining in the UK, with 67 per cent disagreeing with the above statement – including 44 per cent who said they “strongly disagreed”.
The poll’s results were welcomed by Ukip, who said it showed politicians need to realise “scaremongering isn’t working”.
David Moreland, the party’s Home Affairs spokesman, told Express.co.uk: “I think it’s dead right, the vast majority of people are confident – not just long-term Brexit supporters, but the general public are realising. And the politicians realise the scaremongering isn’t working.
“Of course Britain can be successful after Brexit, we were before and we will be again.”
When asked whether this signalled the failure of Project Fear, Mr Moreland said: “I would hope so. People have woken up to the fact they have been lied to by Remoaners, scaremongering, this that and the other.
“Quite obviously, if we get out, if we’re not thrashed by the House of Lords, we will be successful.”
The poll also revealed, while 32 per cent of respondents said they feared jobs would move from the UK to the EU, 33 per cent disagreed. The remaining 35 per cent were uncertain.
There was more good news for Mrs May when considering the fate of the UK-based workforce itself. When asked whether British workers will become “less talented and skilled after Brexit”, 39 per cent of respondents disagreed while just 31 per cent agreed.
And while 35 per cent of people agreed they were “worried about the lack of up-skilling” of the UK workforce after Brexit, 36 per cent said they were unsure while a further 29 per cent said they did not agree.
Outside of London’s Remain bubble, confidence in the UK’s economic future was particularly high.
When asked “do you believe high-skilled jobs will leave the UK for the EU?”, 37 per cent of respondents in London said yes.
This figure shrunk to 33 per cent in Manchester, 32 per cent in Glasgow, 29 per cent in Newcastle and just 19 per cent in Birmingham – where Brexiteers outnumbered Remainers in June 2016’s in-out referendum.
The poll also showed a difference of opinions when broken down by gender. Women, for the large part, appeared more positive about the future of Britain’s economy than men.
Just 11 per cent of women, compared to 17 per cent of men, said they were considering leaving the UK after Brexit. And only 16 per cent of women, compared to 25 per cent of men, said they considered the UK private sector less attractive after Brexit.