A record high number of Britons believe Brexit is a mistake. That's according to a YouGov poll conducted this month, Reuters reports.

According to 57% of UK citizens, the decision to leave the European Union in 2016 was wrong, and only 32% believe it is right.

More than half - 55% - said they would vote to rejoin the EU, against 31% who would vote to remain outside the EU if a referendum were held today.

YouGov said the results marked a "moderate change" from January 2021, when 49% said they would vote for re-accession and 37% for staying outside the EU.

In May, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Brexit was profitable and tested his leading policy of free ports and VAT cuts, which he said would lead to cheaper beer and sanitation products.

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But economists say free ports special zones with tax and customs breaks and simplified trade regulations are unlikely to boost Britain's economy. However, they may be of limited value as an instrument of regional development.

British business investment has barely grown since mid-2016, unlike other advanced economies. Although pro-Brexit economists note that capital has grown strongly in the years leading up to 2016 and should have slowed, business surveys have identified Brexit as one of the reasons for the stagnation.

A YouGov poll of more than 2000,63 Britons found that 12% now see Brexit as a failure rather than a success, compared with 18% who see it as a success. Another <>% believe that it is neither.