Poll Finds Majority of Britons Support Leaving the EU

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9th August 2011 19:03 - Central Government

An independent YouGov poll has provided the biggest indication yet that the majority of Britons, at 52%, would vote in a referendum for the UK to leave the EU.

Just 30% of those surveyed said they wanted to remain in the EU, while nearly 8 out of 10 people want a national debate on the pros and cons of EU membership.

The poll was compiled for the Campaign for a Referendum, which seeks to pressure the UK Government to hold the first referendum on Europe since 1975.

MEP Nikki Sinclaire, who runs the campaign, commented: “Clearly the people of Britain want to decide who governs Britain. It must be alarming to the Government that despite all their assurances on sovereignty and cast-iron promises, more and more people have given up on this European project. This argument has gone on far too long; we must decide our course once and for all in a binding referendum.”

A point of contention is that analysis reveals EU membership costs Britain £48 million a day, which amounts to £4,912 per household over the last 11 years.

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