Britons and the Europe Question

General Policy

A Global Counsel/TNS Poll conducted between 15 and 17 July asked British adults a series of questions about the desirability and timing of a vote on Britain’s membership of the EU. With Westminster convulsed by the perceived Eurosceptic challenge, British voters present a complicated picture of their own appetite for a plebiscite. They appear in favour of a referendum only by a narrow margin, with even a significant cohort of the Tory party ambivalent about the idea. Among backers of a referendum there is scepticism of a wait for 2017 and a possible renegotiation of Britain’s terms of EU membership. Among critics, a very large majority are in favour of ruling out a referendum even in the event of a future transfer of powers.

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