Differing approaches to regulation have been an important element of the political debate over the UK’s departure from the European Union, with proponents of deregulation arguing that regulation stifles economic growth and overly restricts individual liberty. Other commentators have pointed to the role of EU-derived laws in protecting the public, creating competitive markets and providing long-term investment certainty.
This survey was undertaken to explore the extent to which Welsh voters would support the strengthening or weakening of regulations and protections across public life. It follows on from our previous qualitative and quantitative research on these issues, including a 2020 poll conducted by Ipsos MORI with younger Leave voters, and a recent qualitative research project involving 52 first-time Conservative voters in five so-called ‘Red Wall’ constituencies, including Wrexham.
This survey compounds the strong sense that, across Wales, there is significant agreement on the importance of regulation in today’s society. This holds true among voters of all political persuasions, and across Leave and Remain voters alike. Likewise, we find little enthusiasm for a weakening of regulatory standards post-Brexit.