Brexit begins but is it the end for BMWs and Brie? Survey reveals how Brits view EU hostility and if we still plan to buy its cars, food and other goods

Expect to see fewer Citroens, Renaults, BMWs and Volkswagens on the road – plus a significant reduction in soft cheeses and over-sized sausages in your local supermarket – as our post-Brexit purchasing plans are revealed in a new survey.

With exit negotiations finally underway and the prospect of an acrimonious divorce looking likely, it seems macho posturing from EU bureaucrats appears to have triggered a shift in how we view the continent and how we’ll interact with members as the split progresses.

From buying our next car to the weekly food shop, Airport Parking & Hotels (APH) collected data from more than 3,000 respondents on how their Europe-based plans have changed over the past 12 months. Here’s how Brits feel…

Will there be a backlash against EU goods as Brexit battle begins?

With France and Germany scooping-up more than 66 per cent of the total vote in the APH.com survey, the stats will make uncomfortable reading for the EU big-hitters as they look to protect lucrative British sales in a post-Brexit marketplace.

Not happy reading for the French or Germans

Not happy reading for the French or Germans

If the stats are borne out by actions, we can expect to see considerably fewer Citroens and Renaults on our roads – along with a mountain of discounted Brie in the local deli.

The survey reveals 36 per cent of us are now less likely to buy French goods and services – such as cars and food – when compared with just 12 months ago.

The Germans are unlikely to be celebrating, either, with the appetite for BMW and Bratwurst set to dwindle after 25 per cent of Brits – who picked the country as most hostile – indicated they were less likely to buy Germanic cars, goods and services.

How likely or less likely are you to buy goods from EU countries?

Here are the results of the survey looking at our reaction to EU states we perceive as being hostile to the UK over the past 12 months. Here’s the top five.

Country (and total votes) More likely to buy Less likely to buy No difference
France (1054 votes) 2% 36% 62%
Germany (1014 votes) 2% 25% 73%
No difference (704) 1% 1% 98%
Belgium (88 votes) 5% 26% 69%
Spain (83 votes) 12% 23% 65%
Percentages refer to the total of respondents who chose a country (or no difference) as being the one they perceived as most hostile since the Brexit vote.

Who’s seen as the most hostile to the UK since Brexit

When it came to asking which EU country was perceived as most hostile to the UK since our decision to quit the bloc, our near-neighbours in France take the top spot for adjudged anti-UK sentiment – with 33.8 per cent of respondents reporting an icy blast from across the Channel.

Following on from the French, respondents picked Germany as the second-biggest offender for anti-UK hostility, with 32.6 per cent of Brits picking the EU big-hitter as putting in the Brexit boot.

However, the third-largest group of respondents were far less damning towards EU states – with 22.6 percent declaring ‘no difference’ in how it was perceived the bloc have behaved towards the UK compared with 12 months ago.

Which countries are perceived as being most hostile to the UK since the Brexit vote

Which countries are perceived as being most hostile to the UK since the Brexit vote


At-a-glance Brexit hostility infographic

Please feel free to use this infographic on your site, but please credit APH.com.

Who do we perceive as hostile to Brits and will that make us less likely to buy goods from them

Who do we perceive as hostile to Brits and will that make us less likely to buy goods from them

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1 comment for “Brexit begins but is it the end for BMWs and Brie? Survey reveals how Brits view EU hostility and if we still plan to buy its cars, food and other goods

  1. Owen Lavelle
    19/07/2018 at 9:40 am

    Since Brexit vote
    I’ve not bought a single thing from Europe it’s more than possible!!
    I’m a barber and busy one and I tell all my customers to support the uk in it’s fight for freedom and the rule of democracy
    I love European people
    But this stealing of country’s in favor of trade is outrageous!! The European Union is a mafia club nothing more under the guise of human rights
    It’s laughable
    It’s a disgrace when politics is spending European money moving from building to building every two weeks Two hundred and fifty million every two weeks
    Shocked lol it’s a bloody racket !! The European people must stand up to this waste
    The British people will in the end unite !!!

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