Poll says most Britons don’t support ‘Brexit’

New poll says most Britons oppose leaving EU although opposition has grown slightly

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A 'GB' (Great Britain) sticker with a European Union design is seen adhered to the rear of a vehicle in London, Britain, January 29, 2016.

More Britons support staying within the European Union, but supporters of "Brexit" - leaving the EU - also slightly grew with respect to last month’s survey, according to a poll issued on Saturday.

According to Reuters 54 percent of respondents said they would vote to stay in the EU if a referendum was held tomorrow, a poll carried out by ComRes for the Daily Mail newspaper stated.

The ratio was 2 percent higher in the December poll.

36 percent said they would vote to leave, one percent higher than the previous poll.

The ratio of undecided was 10 percent, 2 percent up.

The poll surveyed 1,006 Britons between January 22 to 24.

A second poll ORB conducted for the Independent newspaper also showed that most Britons do not support "Brexit."

82 percent, or four out of five, find leaving the EU risky for the United Kingdom, while only 18 percent believe there is no risk at all.

The survey of 2,000 people was conducted between January 26 to 28.

52 percent believe Britain should remain in the EU and 48 percent want it to leave, the second poll said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2016.

The polls came right before British Prime Minister David Cameron went to Brussels, seeking a deal on immigration controls and launching three days of talks from Friday to Sunday.

Cameron’s visit could deliver a draft EU reform package which might keep Britain in the EU.

In mid February the EU leaders will attend a summit, for which Cameron hopes to gain support.

He said in Brussels that a proposal to curb European immigration to Britain was "not good enough," but he saw progress on a deal to persuade British voters to back continued EU membership.

A referendum on Britain’s EU membership was initially due to be held by the end of 2017. But it’s expected that Cameron could call the referendum as early as June this year.

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