Er… support for EU up since Brexit, including in the UK? November 21, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
“The looming Brexit seems to be the best advertisement for the EU so far,” said Aart De Geus, chairman of the Bertelsmann Foundation, a German think-tank, which carried out the survey.
Across the EU as a whole, 62 per cent of those polled would vote to stay in the EU compared with 57 per cent in March, according to Bertelsmann’s polling which covered nearly 15,000 respondents. The poll was conducted in August 2016 a few weeks after the British referendum.
In Britain, support rose to 56 per cent after the Brexit vote, compared to 49 per cent before. Approval rates fell in Spain to 68 per cent, but rose in the other four big continental member states – Germany, France, Italy and Poland.
The results come as EU leaders struggle to agree on how to respond to Brexit and to anti-EU popular sentiment in other member states, notably France, where Marine Le Pen, leader of the far right National Front, has pledged to hold an exit referendum if she wins next year’s presidential elections.
Add to that the continuing high levels of support for EU membership in this state and that it is clear that the massive shambles that is Brexit is not exactly inspiring confidence amongst citizens of states in the EU. How could it be otherwise, across a range of areas the departure of the UK from the EU is set to see the conditions of workers become even more precarious, cultural and social engagement weaken, funding and expenditures in technology and education wither on the vine – and the pre-eminence of the Tory party increase. The latest polls while showing some slippage in its vote do not, given the actual nature of the British polity suggest that Labour is very likely to win an election in the near to medium term future.
I would add a caveat to the study, one can support continued EU membership without supporting the EU, i.e. regard remaining as a lesser evil than leaving even given the nature of the enterprise.