72% think Brexit to blame for lorry driver shortages

Hannah McCreesh | 04 October 2021
72% think Brexit to blame for lorry driver shortages

The vast majority of people believe that Brexit has contributed to shortages of lorry drivers in the UK, an exclusive poll commissioned by Byline Times can reveal.

Some 74% of those surveyed believe that Brexit is to blame for a lack of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers in the country – an issue that is causing petrol and food shortages. 36% of respondents said that Brexit has contributed “a lot” to HGV driver shortages, 38% said that it has contributed “somewhat”, 13% were unsure, and 13% said that Brexit has not contributed.

A majority of all age groups agreed that Brexit has contributed to the shortages, including 66% in the 65+ age group. Some 77% of the people surveyed in the north and 66% of those surveyed in the Midlands also blamed Brexit, along with 64% of participants who intend to vote Conservative at the next general election, and even 59% of people who voted Leave in the 2016 EU Referendum.

A majority of respondents also said that Boris Johnson is not trustworthy – by a margin of 62% to 38%. Women are less likely to see Johnson as trustworthy (64% to 36%), as are people in Scotland, Wales, and those in the 25-54 age cohorts. Leave voters were split 50:50 on whether the Prime Minister is trustworthy, while 75% of Remain voters didn’t think that he is.

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The online poll was conducted for Byline Times by Ominisis on 4th - 5th October 2021.


Image credit: "Forestry lorry above Bells Burn" by Andrew Curtis is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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