Support for Britain remaining in the European Union has collapsed to only 39 percent in a recent poll, with nearly half (48 percent) of Britons indicating that they would rather leave and go ahead with Brexit.
The regularly conducted EuroTrack survey administered by YouGov up through Christmas to nearly 1,700 British adults also indicates that when those registering “Don’t Knows” in the survey are excluded from the numbers, a majority (55 percent) are now desiring to leave the EU.
Reasons to leave
Aggressive and unpopular moves by members of the EU during Brexit talks have pushed British sentiment further and further away from remaining in the EU.
“Brussels has adopted a belligerent stance in the Brexit talks, demanding a massive divorce settlement from Britain – despite her having been a net contributor to EU coffers for over four decades – [and] is also attempting to insist that Britain should not be allowed to change its regulations or cut its taxes in a way which would subject EU economies to ‘unfair competition’ after it leaves,” Breitbart reported.
Other questioned intentions and machinations within the EU have also contributed to a stronger Brexit backing.
“The bloc has also revealed ambitious plans for greater European integration, including calls for the posts of European Commission Chief Jean-Claude Juncker and European Chief Council Donald Tusk to be merged into a kind of, super-presidency, and an expansive military pact hailed as an important milestone on the road to a single European army,” Breitbart’s Jack Montgomery informed.
In addition, top eurocrats have stressed that they will not relent their push for an official policy requiring EU nations to accommodate a mass migration, as a public declaration was recently made by European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos insisting that absorbing such populations is an indispensable part of the EU’s core beliefs.
“It’s time to face the truth – we cannot and will never be able to stop migration,” proclaimed Avramopoulos, according to Breitbart, before boasting about the reasoning behind such a policy. “[Continuing to absorb mass migration] is deeply intertwined with our policies [and is] an economic and social imperative for an aging continent.”
‘Fake news’ of EU support
The results of the YouGov survey denoting that less than 40 percent of Britons want to stay in the EU flies in direct contrast to an interpretation of a recent BMG Research poll commissioned by the United Kingdom’s The Independent daily – a strong supporter of the “Remain” movement to stay in the EU.
After The Independent falsely alleged through its commissioned poll that those wanting to stay in the EU had an 11-point lead – based on flimsy evidence – it was announced a week before Christmas that the claim for such support was debunked as fake news.
“A new poll alleging an 11-point lead for ‘Remain’ campaigners if a Brexit referendum were held today is being intentionally used to deceive the British public over the sentiment of their fellow countrymen, with the latest data burying the fact that the ‘gains’ in the Remain column are made up of 2016 referendum non-voters,” Breitbart London exposed in a separate report.
The deceptive reporting and handling of the data was further detailed.
“The hard-left, anti-Brexit website, the Independent, commissioned the BMG poll, which has been thoughtlessly re-reported across the UK media,” Breitbart London’s Raheem Kassam explained. “But what the news articles either do not say, or bury towards the end of their copy, is that the polling is scarcely reflective of the vote that constituted the 2016 referendum result, and has to include likely non-voters in order to come to its conclusions.”
The Independent’s false claim asserted that the tide is turning in Britain, claiming that a majority if Britons are having second thoughts about moving forward with Brexit – a complete reversal of what accurate figures actually show.
“The British public has swung behind staying in the EU by its largest margin since the referendum, with those backing Remain outstripping Leavers by 10 points, a new poll has revealed,” The Independent reported on Dec. 18. “The exclusive survey for The Independent by BMG Research showed 51 percent now back remaining in the union, while 41 percent want Brexit.”
Shortly after the misleading anti-Brexit polling numbers were published by the Independent, BMG’s Head of Polling Michael Turner revealed in a complete breakdown of the results that there were three major areas where the interpretation of the polling was intentionally deceiving.
“[R]eaders should also be aware that when we dig a little deeper into the data, it reveals that this shift has come predominantly from those who did not actually vote in the 2016 Referendum,” Turner admitted in a commentary on the Independent’s polling report. “Around nine in 10 Leave and Remain voters say they are still unchanged in their view on whether to leave or remain.”
More deceptive handling of the information was also exposed by the top BMG official.
“It is also worth noting that the fieldwork for this poll was conducted when much was being made in the public press about the UK’s failure to progress to the next stage of the Brexit negotiations,” Turner added. “It is plausible therefore, that the latest polling is to some degree a reflection of what could be considered the height of tensions between the UK and EU negotiating teams, as well as public concerns over the Irish border, which included interventions from the Irish government and the DUP.”
Europe fearing Brexit
As Britain prepares to move forward with Brexit, the majority of most of its European counterparts across the British Channel to the east – aside from its longtime rival, France – remain worried about its potential impact on the EU’s fortunes and viability.
“While a small plurality of French respondents to the EuroTrack poll said they would prefer the United Kingdom to go ahead with Brexit – 37 percent to 26 percent – most European countries seem incredibly keen to hold on to it,” Breitbart’s Jack Montgomery explained.
Sentiments of those longing for Britain to stay in the EU are overwhelming, particularly in Northern Europe, including Scandinavian nations.
“In Germany, which faces a 3.8-billion-pound hole in its finances in the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, some 55 per cent of respondents said they would prefer Britain stays – compared to just 21 percent who said they would prefer it to leave,” Montgomery revealed. “In Denmark, the figures are 62 percent to 15 percent, in Sweden, 59 percent to 18 percent, and in Finland, 54 percent to 23 percent.”
Those participating in YouGov’s poll also overwhelmingly responded that they were not keen on the idea of another type of merger between European nations.
“YouGov also asked respondents if they supported the creation of a fully-fledged United State of Europe by 2025 – as recently advocated by former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, and endorsed by the European Parliament’s chosen Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt,” Montgomery noted. “They found little public support, with just 10 percent of British respondents saying they supported this vision, in line with senior Remainers, such as Sir Michael Heseltine.”
The backing for the new conglomeration of European countries was widely unpopular across Western Europe.
“Only in Germany did support for a United States of Europe outweigh opposition to it – at 28 percent to 26 percent,” Montgomery continued. “The number of people who said they strongly supported a United States of Europe – rather than just tending to support it – was vanishingly small, at 3 percent in Britain, 10 percent in Germany, 8 percent in France, 2 percent in Denmark, 3 percent in Sweden, and 3 percent in Finland.”