Younger Leave voters strongly support increasing or keeping standards and protections across multiple areas of everyday life, according to new research conducted for Unchecked UK.

Polling carried out by Ipsos MORI at the start of the Covid-19 crisis, and published today in a new report by Unchecked UK, finds strong support from younger Leave voters across the political spectrum for a diverse range of EU-derived rules; including food safety, consumer, health and safety, environmental and financial regulation.

The polling shows:

● Most younger Leave voters (66% or more) would like to keep or increase regulation in 11 out of 11 categories – such as consumer protection, food safety and the environment. This holds true for both younger Leave voters who voted Conservative in the December 2019 General Election, and for those who voted for the Labour Party.

● When asked about a range of EU-derived regulations, most younger Leave voters (70% or more) think the UK should keep or increase EU regulations and standards. Across all categories, no more than 5% would like to see these rules abolished.

● The majority of respondents (78%) agree that regulation is necessary to ensure there is fair behaviour by people and businesses. Seven in ten younger Leave voters think that large businesses should be regulated more or that current levels are about right, with only 7% indicating that they want less regulation of large businesses.

Respondents’ support for regulation is particularly strong when presented with specific thematic areas, suggesting that when younger Leave voters think about regulation in the context of everyday life, they support having strong rules in place. This suggests that reducing regulations was not an important motivating factor for these voters in the 2016 referendum.

Emma Rose, director of Unchecked UK said:

“As the UK deals with the economic fallout from Covid-19, and embarks on the negotiation of trade agreements with countries around the world, the question of whether the government will pursue social and economic deregulation is becoming increasingly critical.

“For the first time, this polling brings the views of younger Leave voters to the table. It suggests that – contrary to common assumptions – a significant majority are in favour of maintaining, increasing and strengthening existing standards. These voters see strong rules not as an inconvenience to be removed where possible, but as a valued public good. Covid-19 is likely to have strengthened these sentiments, as people experience first-hand the benefits of strong protections.”

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