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Only 48% of Brits would vote to leave the EU? Wow!

Posted by Jason O on Dec 6, 2010 in British Politics, European Union |

Polling company Angus Reid have published interesting results about British attitudes to the European Union here. Only 27% of Brits would vote to stay in the European Union, with 48% voting to leave.

If I were a British pro-European, I’d actually take comfort in those figures. Despite the massive anti-EU bias in the British media, and the shocking lack of knowledge amongst British citizens about the EU, it can still get one in four votes, and the Better Off Out crowd can’t get a majority?

As has been the experience of EU votes in Ireland, the more people found out about about the EU, the more they like it, a phenomenon I believe would occur in a referendum campaign in Britain. Maybe pro-Europeans should not fear a referendum so much.


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david morris
Dec 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

The more the pipple find out about the EU, the more they like it ?

Really ?

Jason O
Dec 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

That has certainly been my experience campaigning in seven EU referendum campaigns. For example, when you take people who use the phrase EUSSR through a calm, rational comparison between the European Union and Stalin’s Russia…

david morris
Dec 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Such a pity you neglected to highlight in this poll that nearly 60 per cent of Britons believe the country has been damaged by membership of the European Union

That of course is why no UK guvmint will offer the pipple a referendum on the EU. They know it will be rejected.

And as for your stalwart campaigning in seven (SEVEN ?) referendum campaigns. Surely you must be entitled to start receiving your well earned EU pension by now ?

Kind regards

Jason O
Dec 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I did put in a link. You know where I stand, I think the British people should be allowed a vote. And I agree, I should be getting a pension. Or at least, a medal: The Order of Delors?



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