The countries most likely to follow Britain and leave the EU next


Before Brexit, there was 'Grexit', when we all thought Greece was going to the be first one out of the European Union.

A recent survey by YouGov on the subject of the union, has offered predictions of the next countries to be bastardised with the suffix 'exit'.

The survey took in nearly 13,000 adults from 12 EU member states.

When asked the 'Leave' or 'Remain' question to each country, the results showed the Britons would still prefer to leave the EU, by a 2 per cent margin, this time 45 to 43 per cent.

Italians had 33 per cent Leave and 47 per cent Remain.

Also of note was the high levels of 'don't know' answers, 18 per cent of Swedes, and 15 per cent of French and Spaniards respectively, all adding to uncertainty about the EU's future.

The highest 'Leave' votes outside of Britain were in Italy, France, and Sweden.

The last time Britain's 'Leave vote' polled in the low 30s (as it does in these three countries) was as recent as December 2015.

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This uncertainty was also present when the respondents were asked if they expected another country would exit the EU in the next decade.

More than 50 per cent of respondents in 10 of the 12 nations included in the poll believed that another county would exit.

Britons were the most confident that they would not be alone in leaving the EU in the next 10 years.

Will other nations leave the EU?

When asked if they believed it would be their own country to leave the EU after Britain, the respondents were much less confident.

Will your nation leave the EU?

While most are certain Brexit will not be a unique event, none are confident it will be their own country that follows.

The highest scores for likelihood of following Britain out of the EU were Holland (27 per cent), Italy (23 per cent), Poland (22 per cent), and Romania (22 per cent).

The recurring find appears to be uncertainty that the EU will be able to resist disintegration, despite not sensing a strong Leave vote in their home countries.

It's an emotional response rather than a rational deduction.

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