A shocking new poll has been released in Britain by The Guardian, one of the country’s leading newspapers. According to the results, 52% of British voters now believe their country’s interests are best served by getting out of the European Union.
A so-called Brexit would cause a political earthquake in Europe. As we reported earlier, it’s likely that it would result in more referendums in other member states about the fate of the EU.
Over the last month or two, the European powers that be in Brussels were sitting back while polls showed the Remain camp firmly in the lead. That has now all changed:
Public opinion has shifted towards the UK leaving the EU, two Guardian/ICM polls suggest as the referendum campaign picks up pace – with voters split 52% -48% in favour of Brexit, whether surveyed online or by phone.
Previous polls have tended to show voters surveyed online to be more in favour of Britain leaving the EU. But in the latest ICM research, carried out for the Guardian, both methodologies yielded the same result – a majority in favour of leaving.
“Our poll rather unhinges a few accepted orthodoxies,” said ICM’s director, Martin Boon. “It is only one poll but, in a rather unexpected reverse of polling assumptions so far, both our phone poll and our online poll are consistent on both vote intentions and on the EU referendum.”
When those without a firm opinion on the matter are included, the Leave camp now leads 45% to 42%. Once the undecideds are filtered out, Leave proponents like former mayor of London Boris Johnson and UKIP leader Nigel Farage are firmly in the lead with a majority of British voters backing them.
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When offered three choices — remain, leave, undecided — 47% of voters polled online said they favor a Brexit, while 44% said they want their country to remain part of the EU. Nine percent of voters opted for the third option, undecided. When those were filtered out by removing the final option, Leave won again with 52% versus 48%, which is the exact same result as the telephone survey with only two options to choose from.
Although the Dutch have generally taken the lead in voicing opposition to the ever expanding European Union, it now seems that Brits are able and willing to carry the battle forward. If this poll is correct and Britain votes to leave the EU, it’s sure to send shock waves throughout Europe, which could very well be the beginning of the end for the megalomaniac European project.