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Most French also want vote on EU membership: UK study
44 percent of French people say they would vote to stay in the EU if a referendum was held. Photo: AFP

Most French also want vote on EU membership: UK study

AFP · 12 Mar 2016, 16:58

Published: 12 Mar 2016 16:58 GMT+01:00

Some 53 percent of French respondents to a survey conducted by the University of Edinburgh said they should also have a vote, with 44 percent saying they would vote to stay in if one was held, against 33 percent who would leave.

The "View from the Continent" study polled 8,002 respondents across Germany, France, Poland, Spain, Ireland and Sweden about their views on Britain's EU membership, which will be decided at a referendum on June 23rd, and the possibility of holding a similar vote themselves.

In Sweden, Germany and Spain, more respondents were in favour of holding a referendum than against, but not an absolute majority when those who were undecided were taken into account.

Only in Poland and Ireland did an absolute majority not want a vote.

If they were to go to the polls, 60 percent of Germans would vote to stay in, compared to 66 percent in Poland, 68 percent in Spain and 69 percent in Ireland.

When asked if they wanted Britain to remain, France was the only country in which there was not an absolute majority who said "yes".

"Between two-thirds and fourth-fifths of respondents in each country want Britain to remain in the EU, with the exception of France where public opinion is tighter, with 56 per cent wanting Britain to remain, but 44 per cent saying they want Britain to leave," said the study which was published earlier this week.

Under half of those polled in both France and Germany believed that Britain's membership was good for the EU.

Spain was the strongest in favour of Britain remaining, at 81 percent followed by Poland (80 percent), Ireland (79 percent) and Germany (73 percent).

Most countries think that Britain would fare worse outside the bloc, but in both France and Sweden, more people think its economy would do better outside of the EU.

Around half of Germans were in favour of Britain remaining in the EU's single market in the event of a so-called Brexit, compared to only a quarter of French respondents.

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"Our survey shows a willingness to reform the EU, but less so for an individual country to gain exceptional treatment," said report author Jan Eichhorn, of the University of Edinburgh's school of social and political science.

British Prime Minister David Cameron secured reforms to four areas of the EU as part of a pre-referendum push to take back some powers from Brussels.

His bid to reduce access to welfare for EU migrants appeared popular across the continent with 46 percent of German and 53 percent French respondents backing a cap.

 
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