51% of Britons in favour of staying in the EU

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A total of 51 per cent of Britons now favour the country remaining in the European Union, according to a poll conducted by research institute BMG for The Independent newspaper.

The Saturday poll surveyed 1,508 adults between December 5-8, revealing that only 41 per cent now favour Britain leaving the EU.

That means Remainers outstrip Leavers in the country by 10 points, the largest margin since the referendum in June 2016.

Seven per cent of survey respondents said “don’t know” in response to the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union, or leave the European Union?”

In the 2016 referendum, Britons voted 52 to 48 per cent to leave the multi-nation bloc, in a campaign driven by the UK Independence Party and eurosceptics within the Conservative Party.

On Friday, EU leaders gave the go-ahead for talks to begin on future relations with Britain.(dpa/NAN)


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