Leave EU support growing, says poll

A new poll by Survation has found British voters are growing more likely to vote to leave the European Union in the upcoming referendum.

The poll shows a 3 percentage-point increase in support for leaving the EU, bringing the figure to 51%. Including undecided voters (18%), the figure sits at 42%.

Support to remain within the EU stands at 40%. However, the standard 1% margin of error means these figures remain far too close to call.

The poll was conducted between the dates 30 November and 3 December, and included the opinions of over 10,000 Great Britain and Northern Ireland voters.

A poll by ICM of around 2000 voters found a 50/50 split in voting intentions, but also voters would be more likely to vote to leave the EU if the Prime Minister failed to achieve reform in the UK’s position in the Union.

Reforms such as limiting benefit payments to EU workers in the UK have been some of the most controversial, as well as limiting EU immigration, which countries such as Germany have denounced as against the principles of the EU.

President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, noted his concerns over the sentiment within the UK.

“Our goal is to find solutions that will meet the expectations of the British Prime Minister, while cementing the foundations on which the EU is based,” said Tusk in the letter, cited by Reuters.

“Uncertainty about the future of the UK in the European Union is a destabilising factor. That is why we must find a way to answer the British concerns as quickly as possible.”

The Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has stated if the UK voted to leave the EU, yet Scotland voted to remain, this could trigger support for another independence referendum.

The date of the vote has not been set, but the deadline is by the end of 2017.


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