EU membership poll shows no other country would vote to leave

Louis Staples
Saturday 27 April 2019 11:30
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With Brexit occupying the headlines for what feels like forever, it’s easy to forget that other countries exist.

Sometimes the UK seems so wrapped up in its own issues, plus keeping one eye on the never-ending disaster that is American politics, that we forget to check in with our European neighbours.

Following the ongoing Brexit turmoil, a new poll has been released which reveals how different EU countries would vote if they were given the choice to renew their EU membership in a referendum.

The results are fascinating.

Even in countries like France and Italy – who are more Eurosceptic than most EU nations – support for the EU is at 74 per cent and 72 per cent respectively. And in Greece, where unemployment stands at 39 per cent, 75 per cent support continued EU membership.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Most EU nations registered support levels far higher. In Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden for example, support was as high as 90 per cent. In Romania, 91 per cent of people support continued EU membership and in Germany the figure is 89 per cent.

There has been a lot of talk recently about a far-right surge in Europe. Of course, this is deeply worrying and must be confronted, but it seems that, as of right now, this isn’t drastically impacting attitudes towards the EU. In fact, many of these numbers have risen since the UK voted to leave the EU.

While Britain’s future in Europe seems uncertain, the remaining member nations are clear: the EU is working for them and they've learnt from the UK's mistakes, even if we haven't.

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