Archive for: June 2016

Europe Voices Out Want For Britain to Stay

Survey shows that 11,000 Europeans want Britain to remain. According to the Bertelsmann Foundation, about 54% of survey respondents said UK must remain with the EU.

In April, about 10,992 European citizens answered a survey. Majority of Europeans in the 28 member states said Britain’s departure with have little or no impact on their own country. About 25% believe their country would be gravely affected.

The survey was done in April before the Brexit’s ballooning issue.

Bertelsmann project manager Isabell Hoffmann said: “What we have seen in our polling is that while the mood in the UK is incredibly agitated, the atmosphere on the continent has been relatively calm. The baseline response we are seeing is that people in the rest of Europe haven’t really been shaken up by the Brexit debate.”

In a separate research by the Pew Research Centre in the United States indicated a sharp decline in public support for the EU across its largest member states.

About 38 per cent of respondents in France said they favoured the EU’s decisions. This was down 17 percentage points the previous year. EU support in Spain fell by 16 points to 47%.

Both studies point out that majority of EU’s nationals want Britain to stay in the bloc.

The EU had declared that if the UK should leave the European Union, it would be “harsher” for the UK as it may take more than seven years for the UK to negotiate a new relationship with the EU.