9 Nov, 2023 @ 16:00
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Brits would overwhelmingly vote to REJOIN the EU if a referendum were held today, new poll shows

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A NEW survey has revealed that a large majority of Brits would vote to rejoin the EU if a new referendum were held today.

Nearly six in 10 (59%) of respondents in a recent survey by Redfield & Wilton Strategies support Britain’s re-entry to the European project, with a correspondent 41% against.

This actually represents a tiny swing of three points in Brexit’s favour since the last survey in August, when 62% of Brits yearned for EU membership

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Additionally, when considering those who are unsure about their vote, 55% would opt to join the EU, while 38% would choose to stay out, and 8% remain uncertain.

Interestingly, of people who voted for Remain and Leave respectively in 2016, there has been a shift of 11% towards the former.

As much as 22% of those who originally voted ‘Leave’ now express a desire to join the EU, and 11% of ‘Remain’ voters would prefer to stay out.

Seven years on from the Brexit vote, 71% of respondents aged 18-24 – who were ineligible to vote in the 2016 EU referendum – would vote to join the EU. 

The majority of other age groups would also choose to join, except for those aged 65 and above, with 54% preferring to stay out.

Almost a third of Brits (31%) now believe that the United Kingdom should definitely hold a referendum on its EU membership within the next five years.

On the other hand, only around a quarter (24%) believe a referendum is actually probable within that timeframe. 

The issue of rejoining the EU is likely to grow and become a wedge issue in the coming years, according to the survey results.

Of the 2016 ‘Remain’ voters, 73% believe the UK should ‘definitely’ (49%) or ‘probably’ (24%) have a referendum on rejoining the EU in the next five years, and they are joined by 35% of 2016 ‘Leave’ voters who share this view.

Conversely, 32% of respondents are against another referendum on the UK’s EU membership within the next five years. 

The majority of 2016 ‘Leave’ voters, at 56%, oppose the idea of a referendum, while only 19% of ‘Remain’ voters think such a vote ‘definitely’ (8%) or ‘probably’ (11%) shouldn’t be held.

A narrow plurality of 43% believes the issue is settled and should not be revisited, while a wafer-thin 1% separates them from the 42% of people who believe the matter should be reopened.

Despite the apparent willingness among the public to support another referendum, a plurality of Britons remains sceptical about the likelihood of re-entry.

Around 39% believe it is unlikely that the UK will reapply to join the EU within the next decade, including 50% of ‘Leave’ voters and 38% of ‘Remain’ voters. 

Meanwhile, 30% think it is probable that the UK will apply for re-entry, a view more prevalent among ‘Remain’ voters (38%) compared to ‘Leave’ voters (21%).

The survey was conducted in partnership with ‘UK in a Changing Europe’, an independent research organisation that aims to promote rigorous, high-quality, and independent research into the complex and ever-changing relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU). 

The initiative is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is based at King’s College London.


Walter Finch

Walter - or Walt to most people - is a former and sometimes still photographer and filmmaker who likes to dig under the surface.
A NCTJ-trained journalist, he came to the Costa del Sol - Gibraltar hotspot from the Daily Mail in 2022 to report on organised crime, corruption, financial fraud and a little bit of whatever is going on.
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