Britons back Cameron's EU veto: poll

11th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

A majority of Britons think Prime Minister David Cameron was right to veto a new EU treaty to resolve the eurozone debt crisis at a Brussels summit this week, a new poll revealed Saturday.

The survey for the Mail on Sunday newspaper found 62 percent support for Cameron's move, which was roundly welcomed by Britain's eurosceptic press, with only 19 percent saying he was wrong.

A larger proportion, 66 percent, said they wanted a referendum on Britain's ties with the EU as demanded by many in Cameron's Conservative party, and the same number said London should renegotiate its relationship with Brussels.

Fewer people wanted Britain to actually leave the 27-nation bloc, although 48 percent favoured this option while 33 percent wanted to stay in.

However, 48 percent said they thought the EU would break up over the crisis, compared to 29 percent who did not, and some 65 percent said they believed the euro would collapse. Just 19 percent said the single currency would survive.

Despite widespread EU bafflement at his move, 51 percent of respondents said Cameron did well at the EU summit, while 44 percent said German leader Angela Merkel did well, and 35 percent named France's Nicolas Sarkozy.

The online Survation poll of 1,020 people was conducted on Friday evening and Saturday.

© 2011 AFP

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