Poll: British voters want strong leader and political reforms

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — British voters want a strong leader capable of breaking rules and making major reforms after the three-year-old EU exit crisis has eroded their confidence in the political system to the lowest level in 15 years.

The 2016 referendum revealed that the United Kingdom was divided over more than EU membership and sparked heated debate on everything from the European Union, immigration, even capitalism and empire, and what it meant to be Britain.

More than a week after the original date on which Britain was due to leave the European Union on March 29, nothing has been resolved. The country is still uncertain as to how, when, or whether this will happen.

A research by Hansard Society found that 54 percent of British voters wanted a strong leader who could break the rules, while 72 percent said the political system needed “too much” or “a great deal” of reform.

Confidence in the political system has reached its lowest level in the 15-year history of the poll, and is even below the rate it reached after the 2009 spending scandal when it became apparent that MPs had paid taxpayers all their expenses.

“People are pessimistic about the country’s problems and their potential solution, and there are large numbers ready to make drastic political changes,” according to the Hansard Society.

Only a quarter of people trusted the way MPs dealt with Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The survey was conducted between 30 November and 12 December by Ipsos Mori.

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