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After Brexit, one in three Brits want to bring back the death penalty and blue passports

Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage holds his passport as he launches his party's EU referendum tour bus in London
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By Thu-Huong Ha
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It’s an historic day for Britain as it formally bids adieu to the European Union.

Yesterday, UK prime minister Theresa May signed a letter to enact Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, to begin negotiations for a departure from the union. Now, armed with newfound identity and a polite sense of purpose, what’s on the agenda for Brits? According to poll results (pdf) published today, the death penalty and passport design.

In February, UK polling company YouGov asked 2060 British adults what they wanted to bring back after the UK left the EU. YouGov provided a short list of choices, which included “corporal punishment in schools” and “incandescent light bulbs.”

A third of the total surveyed (after the results were weighted) said they wanted to bring back the death penalty, which was abolished in the UK in 1969, and which membership in the EU prevents the UK from reinstating. Among those who wanted to leave the EU, that percent was higher: 53%.

The next priority was bringing back the dark blue passport, which was replaced by the burgundy EU passport in 1988.

A third of those who voted for Brexit also expressed distaste for the energy efficient lighting enforced by the EU.

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