UK poll shows shift in favour of 'Brexit'

24th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

A majority of Britons want to leave the European Union, according to a new opinion poll released on Tuesday.

Fifty-two percent of 2,000 people polled by ORB International last week said they thought Britain should leave and 48 percent said it should remain.

There was no option for undecided.

Last month, 53 percent favoured remaining in the EU, down slightly from 55 percent in September, according to ORB, which conducts surveys for the Independent newspaper.

ORB said it was the first time in its six months of polling on the same question that a majority of Britons had opted to leave the European Union.

The survey saw a strong divide between generations, with 69 percent of respondents aged 18 to 24 wanting to remain in the EU. Only 38 percent of those aged 65 and over want to remain.

The strongest support for EU membership was in Scotland and Wales, while in England support was below 50 percent in most regions, the poll showed.

Pro-EU campaigners say that the refugee crisis has begun shifting opinion against membership, though they argue the Paris attacks may help band sympathetic Britons to the region more closely.

The poll was carried out before the attacks claimed by Islamic State group jihadists which left 130 people dead.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on the country's EU membership.

Cameron, who says he supports Britain remaining in the EU, has outlined demands for a deal to stay, angering several European leaders who say they are unrealistic.

Most demands are aimed at exempting Britain's economy from certain EU regulations and reducing migration from certain member states into Britain.

© 2015 AFP

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