Poll shows majority of Britons support ‘Brexit’

Britons eager to leave EU more than any other member country, survey shows

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

The British Union flag and European Union flag are seen hanging outside Europe House in central London June 9, 2015.

More Britons want to leave the European Union than any other nationality, according to a survey of over 15,500 adults from some countries in the 28-member bloc.

Once the 21 percent of those who have not made up their minds is left out, the poll by ORB International indicates 54 percent of voters want a British exit, or "Brexit," which is up from 51 percent last year.

Although Britain has the highest level of support for leaving the bloc, the poll results show there have been changes in other countries, including in Italy where 42 percent of people want to leave compared to 25 percent the year before.

"These results show that the UK really is the black sheep of the family," ORB International managing director, Johnny Heald said.

Britons await a forthcoming referendum on whether to remain in the EU by the end of 2017.

It will be held after British Prime Minister David Cameron concludes a renegotiation of the country’s membership terms, as he appealed to Germany to help him achieve the European Union reforms he needs to persuade Britons.

"We believe that all these issues can be dealt with. The discussions are going well," Cameron said in Wildbad Kreuth, Bavaria, after what he called an "excellent meeting" with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.

Among other issues Cameron seeks to reach a deal on reducing the influx of EU refugees and protecting London's banks from discrimination by the eurozone.

But a "Brexit" could shake the Union to its core, as it will lose its second largest economy and one of its top two military powers.

The ORB poll also found movement in the opposite direction. Support for staying in the EU was highest in Romania, where it was backed by 85 percent of voters.

TRTWorld and agencies