I find this consensus disconcerting. May 9, 2016 6:44:39 GMT -7
Post by JustJohn or JJ on May 9, 2016 6:44:39 GMT -7
Nearly half of voters in EU countries say they want a referendum on whether to remain in the bloc
Forty-five per cent of voters in eight major EU states want referendum
Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden polled
A third of those polled said they would vote to leave the EU in a referendum
Britain is voting on whether or not to remain in the EU on June 23
By Sara Malm for MailOnline and Reuters
Published: 18:02 EST, 8 May 2016 | Updated: 07:04 EST, 9 May 2016
Nearly half of voters in some of the European Union's main member states want to have their own In/Out referendum just like Britain, a poll reveals.
Forty-five per cent of voters in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden said they want to be able to vote on whether or not to remain in the EU.
A third of the 6,000 people polled across the continent said they would opt to leave the European Union if given the chance.
Forty-five per cent of voters in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden said they
wanted their own referendum on EU membership
It comes as it emerged people in Ireland have been encouraged to 'phone a friend' in the UK - and persuade them to vote 'remain' in the 'Brexit' referendum next month.
According to the Daily Telegraph the social media campaign has been set up spearheaded by the European Movement Ireland in a bid to appeal to an Irish diaspora which includes millions of UK-resident voters.
The UK votes on a potential 'Brexit' on June 23, and the poll found that more EU members than Britons believes the country will vote to leave.
Half of people in the eight countries thought Britain would vote to leave the EU, higher than the number in Britain itself, which stood at 35 per cent, according to the poll.
The poll, carried out in the eight aforementioned countries as well as Britain, found that few voters in Europe believes that there will be a centralisation of power.
The British 'Out' campaign's argument that the EU is destined for deeper political union - with power being transferred from members states to Brussels has little support in Europe.
Forty per cent thought there would be less integration of power, with just one in five believing the opposite.
The general consensus across Europe is that Britain leaving the EU would not benefit the bloc.
Half of those polled said a so-called Brexit would hurt the EU'seconomy, while only 36 per cent thought it would hurt Britain's.
Forty-eight percent of voters thought a British vote to leave nextmonth would result in other countries also leaving the bloc.
Some countries polled were keener than others to vote to leave in their own hypothetical referendums, with 48 per cent of Italians wanting to leave the EU.
'The Italians in particular hope to have their own opportunity to go to the polls on their EU membership, which lends a sense that even if the (British) vote does ... stick with the status quo in June, it will not be the end of the EU's woes,' said Bobby Duffy, head of social research at Ipsos-MORI.
Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has grown intothe country's second-biggest political force, and wants an exitfrom the euro currency zone.
France's hard-right National Frontparty also wants to drop the single currency.
More than 40 per cent of Frenchmen polled would also vote to leave the EU, while just 22 and 26 per cent would do the same in Poland and Spain respectively.