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    This file photo taken on March 29, 2017 shows a pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that Article 50 had been triggered in London on March 29, 2017.

    Leading EU Commissioner Cannot See UK Reversing Brexit 'For Many Years, If Ever'

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    Many prominent British politicians have been more insistent on the UK remaining in the EU despite the referendum result than Brussels itself.

    Senior leaders in the European Union bureaucracy have been increasing signals of their acceptance of the United Kingdom's impending exit from the bloc and that neither the government's position, nor public opinion seems likely to shift sufficiently to reverse the June 2016 referendum result.

    The EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, has said in a speech April 9 to Dublin University's Brexit Institute that he, "cannot imagine any circumstances in which the UK will change its mind on the desirability of EU membership — not for many years, if ever."

    Leading figures in the Remain campaign have consistently called for Brexit to be reversed or cancelled, arguing that false claims made by the Leave campaign in relation to immigration unfairly influenced the result. Other potential ways out have been the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which Facebook users' data was harvested to direct political advertising in such a way that might illegally affected the vote.

    Polling has consistently shown however, that the British public remains essentially split on whether leaving the EU is the right move, despite most seeming to believe that the process is being poorly handled by the government. YouGov polling in May registered support for Brexit at nearly 70 percent due to significant numbers of Remain voters having accepted the result and agreeing that it should be implemented.

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    anti-Brexit campaign, re-leavers, Vote Remain, Vote Leave, Britain's EU referendum, Brexit, Cambridge Analytica, EU, Phil Hogan, European Union, United Kingdom
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