Brits Feel More Connected With America And Australia Than Europe
50% of Brits would be happy to exit the European Union because they feel closer to Australia and the United States of America. If a referendum was held tomorrow, then one in two Brits would happily vote to leave the EU.
The research completed by Lansons and Cambre Associates, found that 22% of Brits feel that stepping out of the European Union’s shadow would weaken the UK economy. While only four out of every ten people in Britain see themselves as being European. Compare this figure to the Germans, who live in mainland Europe, and where 84% feel like they are European.
The UK would save lots of money by leaving the EU
This news has come just as the House of Commons approves a bill which calls for a referendum in 2017, concerning the UK’s membership in the European Union. What the study did reveal is the negative outlook people in the UK had about the being in the EU, especially when compared to the other EU countries who have a more positive outlook. 25% of UK nationals polled, stated that they do not see membership as the best way forward for the UK. However, just over 60% of Poles think its a good idea to remain in the EU, as do 55% of Germans included in the study.
The reality is, UK nationals feel much closer to nations which speak English as their main language. Which is why Australia and the US were named as closer allies by one in three UK nationals.
One of the drawbacks which was given by 25% of Brits in the study had been immigration. While 33% said that their views did not align with the current EU regulations, directives and laws. The other concern highlighted by 20% of Brits was the cost of contributing to institutions and subsidies in the European Union. With a shared and agreed common view that leaving the EU would save the UK millions of pounds.