Anger builds over suggestion UK will need to rejoin single market

Nigel Farage claims ‘Brexit has not been completed’

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has said there is “no question” that Brexit is holding back Britain, claiming that the UK will be forced to start paying into the European Union’s budget in the next 10 to 15 years through a deal similar to Switzerland or Norway. He added that the UK will have “no choice” but to rejoin the EU single market. But a new poll has shown almost three-quarters of readers oppose this view.

During a panel discussion at Bloomberg’s New Economy Gateway event, he said: “I think they [the UK] will pay into a European budget, I think they will have no choice. The fundamental strength of the single market is something that is too attractive for the UK economy to be excluded from.”

He argued that Britain’s demographic will soon favour European integration as “in the next five to 10 years, quite a number of the Brexiteers will die”.

In response, asked readers: “Will the UK have ‘no choice’ but to rejoin the EU single market?”

A total of 13,838 votes were received, with the vast majority, 73 percent (10,083 people), answering “no” the UK will not have to rejoin the single market. Whereas 26 percent (3,613 people) said “yes” it will. A further one percent (142 people) said they did not know either way.

Thousands of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers debated the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The predominant view shared by readers was against the UK rejoining the single market, with username Jedi jones writing: “We voted out, we’re not going back.”

Another, username Yeravinalarf said: “There is no chance that the UK will be joining the EU or even the Single Market in the foreseeable future.”

And username pauldenton remarked: “I just don’t see any reason at all to rejoin any EU institution.”

However, a minority of readers thought that there was potential to rejoin the single market in the future, with username CommonSenseAndReason commenting: “Support for Brexit is dropping like a stone.

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