This chart reveals something very interesting about British attitudes to the EU

Louis Dor
Wednesday 30 March 2016 19:00
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Whether Britain gains or gives on net to the EU is a big selling point for both campaigns in the run-up to the 23 June referendum.

As we've previously discussed, both In and Out camps need to win the currently-unclear economic argument if they are to prevail with the British public.

There is already a division of thought between the UK and the continent as to the answer, however, research from YouGov shows.

The below chart from Statista shows that attitudes to whether Britain is a net contributor or beneficiary of the EU, are completely split between Brits, Germans and French.

While most Britons think the country contributes more than it gives, far more Germans and French think it gains more than it contributes:

The data comes from a survey of 1,688 British adults, 2,031 German adults, and 1,001 French adults.

Forty-seven per cent of French people surveyed thought Britain leaving would have a 'negative' impact on France and Britain’s relationship, compared to 11 per cent saying 'positive' and 19 per cent saying 'no' impact.

Meanwhile, half of the German people surveyed thought the impact on relations with their country would be 'negative', compared to nine per cent 'positive' and 24 per cent who foresaw 'no' impact.

Eighteen per cent of French people thought Britain leaving would have a positive impact on the EU economy, compared to only 14 per cent of Germans and six per cent of British people.

Fifty-two per cent of British people thought Brexit would negatively impact the EU's economy, compared to 46 per cent of Germans and 39 per cent of French people.

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