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Most important issues facing Great Britain 2008-2018

What do you see as the most important issue facing Britain today?*

Most important issues facing Great Britain 2008-2018 In the wake of the Brexit referendum of 2016 Europe suddenly became an important issue to British people with 28 percent of respondents identifying it as the most important issue facing the country, increasing to 45 percent of people in 2018. Prior to 2016, however the issue barely registered with most of the public, with only three percent of people saying it was an important issue in 2015, with even lower percentages in the years before this point.
Immigration and the economy
From 2008 until 2013, the economy was the most important issue to British people, with immigration taking over in 2014 and 2015, just before Brexit and Europe took center stage. In the wake of the financial crash of 2008 the British economy contracted by 0.5 percent then by 4.2 percent in the following year. The economy steadily became less important an issue to people as the recovery slowly gathered pace in the following years.

No-end in sight for Brexit saga
Theresa May’s failure to get her Brexit deal through the House of Commons three times has meant that the Brexit drama has continued for far longer than most British people expected. With the strong possibility that the UK will have to participate in European elections it is likely that European will remain the central topic for the foreseeable future.
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What do you see as the most important issue facing Britain today?*

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In the wake of the Brexit referendum of 2016 Europe suddenly became an important issue to British people with 28 percent of respondents identifying it as the most important issue facing the country, increasing to 45 percent of people in 2018. Prior to 2016, however the issue barely registered with most of the public, with only three percent of people saying it was an important issue in 2015, with even lower percentages in the years before this point.
Immigration and the economy
From 2008 until 2013, the economy was the most important issue to British people, with immigration taking over in 2014 and 2015, just before Brexit and Europe took center stage. In the wake of the financial crash of 2008 the British economy contracted by 0.5 percent then by 4.2 percent in the following year. The economy steadily became less important an issue to people as the recovery slowly gathered pace in the following years.

No-end in sight for Brexit saga
Theresa May’s failure to get her Brexit deal through the House of Commons three times has meant that the Brexit drama has continued for far longer than most British people expected. With the strong possibility that the UK will have to participate in European elections it is likely that European will remain the central topic for the foreseeable future.
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