Brexit is leading to family break-ups as couples have furious rows over their vote

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BREXIT has been blamed for family break-ups as couples admit to furious rows over Britain leaving the EU.

One in five marriage guidance counsellors say it is been raised by clients as a major cause of their rocky relationships.

Brexit is leading to family break-ups as more couples seek counselling following major rows
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The issue has triggered an alarming rise in family bust-ups – and some for other warring couples it has proved the final straw.

Marriage guidance charity Relate say husbands and wives who sought help are increasingly raising Brexit as a major cause of their rift.

In a survey of their support teams, 19.4 per cent said it was mentioned as an issue in the couple’s relationship.

Relate counsellor Gurpreet Singh said: “Brexit has featured in many of our counselling sessions recently. It’s a topic that can quite easily become explosive in the home.

“Some couples have been shocked to find their family members held a different view from them on this issue.

“We’ve also talked to people who have had arguments over Christmas dinner or at family gatherings about how they voted.

“It’s also arisen where somebody has landed an exciting new job in Europe but their partner wants to stay in Britain. Before they know it, Brexit has come into the discussion and made it much more heated.

“At the time of the referendum in 2016 arguments tended to be more focused on how people voted but now a lot has to do with anxiety about the future”.

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ALARMING RISE IN BUST-UPS

Mr Singh said that often Brexit isn’t always the cause of any rift – often it just an issue that surfaces when there are already underlying problems in a relationship.

He added: “My advice is that we all have to listen more. Many people want to make their own points instead of listening to the other person’s view. It can quickly get heated.

“It often crops up in our counselling sessions that one partner thinks the other never listens to what they have to say. Brexit is a good example of this.”


The revelation comes amid fears that Brexit is also having an effect on the national state of well-being and mental health.

NHS stats show a six per cent rise in the use of antidepressants, with 70.9million prescriptions doled out last year, up from 67million in 2017

Millions of Britons admit to feeling “powerless, angry and anxious” over Brexit, according to a poll by the Mental Health Foundation.

Counsellor Gurpreet Singh says'people have had arguments over Christmas dinner or at family gatherings about how they voted'
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Counsellor Gurpreet Singh says ‘people have had arguments over Christmas dinner or at family gatherings about how they voted’[/caption]

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