Eurexiting and Euremaining

Britain has always been one of the least European countries in Europe, and maintained a reputation for harbouring the strongest eurosceptic traditions.

 

However, in a recent survey by the Pew Research Centre, the so called “British question” appears to have spread across the channel and onto the continent. With many of the original member states now either fielding anti-EU parties in national elections, it appears that euroscepticism is on the march in Europe.The Pew survey, which asked more than 10,000 people from 10 member states if they had lost faith in the EU, found that voters now had “unfavourable” overall opinions of the EU.

The Pew survey, which asked more than 10,000 people from 10 member states if they had lost faith in the EU, found that voters now had “unfavourable” overall opinions of the EU.The countries included in the survey

The countries included in the survey are: Poland, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, UK, France, and Greece.Only 51% of the surveyed nations have a favourable opinion of the EU. The countries which currently have the most unfavourable view of the EU

Only 51% of the surveyed nations have a favourable opinion of the EU. The countries which currently have the most unfavourable view of the EU are: Greece (71%), France (61%), UK (48%), and Spain (49%). Whereas the countries with the most favourable view of the EU are: Poland (72%), Hungary (61%), and Italy (58%).More worrying still for Europhiles, the overall trend for views on the EU is declining with all of the countries surveyed now less attracted to the EU than in the early 2000’s. In particular, there has been a dramatic dip since 2012-13 when the European economy “cratered.”

More worrying still for Europhiles, the overall trend for views on the EU is declining with all of the countries surveyed now less attracted to the EU than in the early 2000’s. In particular, there has been a dramatic dip since 2012-13 when the European economy “cratered.”The bad news continues, a median of 42% want more powers to be returned to national governments, whereas only 19% support giving Brussels more powers.

The bad news continues, a median of 42% want more powers to be returned to national governments, whereas only 19% support giving Brussels more powers.Nevertheless, only 16% of the people who took part in the Pew survey believe it would be a good thing for Britain to leave the EU.

Nevertheless, only 16% of the people who took part in the Pew survey believe it would be a good thing for Britain to leave the EU.

Richard Patient, the Chairman of Vote Leave London said: ‘With youth unemployment at unprecedented levels; the lowest growth of any continent apart from Antarctica; a migration crisis out of control and the rise of the far right, it is hardly surprising that euroscepticism is on the rise across Europe.”The Pew study is not the only report of it’s kind to find that Brexit is making waves on the rest of the continent. US

The Pew study is not the only report of it’s kind to find that Brexit is making waves on the rest of the continent. US ratings agency, Standard & Poor, have also released their “sensitivity index” showing that Ireland will be the most affected trading partner if the UK decides to leave the EU. Claiming that Brexit could “take its toll” on trade between the UK and Ireland.

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S&P nevertheless add that the outlook is not entirely gloomy for Irish markets, saying: “We would expect that Ireland’s highly flexible economy would manage to reorient trade toward even larger trading partners (such as the remaining EU and the US)”.

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