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Half of Britons would vote to leave the EU
Date 12/07/2011 19:50  Author webmaster  Hits 3150  Language Global
Only one in four would vote to stay in the EU if asked in a referendum - latest Angus Reid poll

Half of Britons would vote to leave the European Union in a referendum according to the latest Angus Reid poll.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 2,003 British adults, a majority of respondents (57%) believe that EU membership has been negative for the United Kingdom, while only one third (32%) think it has had a positive effect.

Half of Britons (49%) say they would vote against the United Kingdom remaining a member of the EU if a referendum took place, while only one-in-four (25%) would vote to stay. Older respondents favour the idea of abandoning the EU by a 3-to-1 margin (68% to 19%).

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "These figures clearly show that the UK public has no faith in the European Union or its vanity project, the Euro. Euroscepticism continues to rise as people realise that EU membership is damaging our country.

"From the loss of jobs at British train manufacturer Bombardier because the Government adhered to the EU bidding process and awarded a billion pound contract to a German company; to the billions the Government has spent in bailing out failed Eurozone countries - the people are realising that membership of the EU is a duff deal.

"UKIP is the only political party committed to complete withdrawal from the EU, no other political party is offering this option. Our current crop of politicians are putting their career before their country. At UKIP we believe that leaving the EU will give this country its powers back and enable us to start putting British people first."