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Almost Half Of Europeans Want Every Country To Vote On Leaving EU

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

Almost half of Europeans, 45 percent, want their respective countries to hold exit referendums on whether or not they should stay in the European Union.

An Ipsos-MORI poll released Monday surveyed 6,000 Europeans from Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden on their feelings about the current state of the EU. The United Kingdom will be the first to hold a referendum when it votes on “Brexit” June 23.

One third of European voters would vote to leave the EU if their country held a referendum today, the poll shows. Pro-EU leaders fear the number would grow and start a domino effect if Brexit becomes reality.

“The Italians in particular hope to have their own opportunity to go to the polls on their EU membership — which lends a sense that even if the vote does stick with the status quo in June, it will not be the end of the EU’s woes,” Bobby Duffy, managing director of social research as Ipsos-MORI told the Financial Times.

Support to leave the EU is above 40 percent in Italy, France and Sweden, which suggests that a referendum would make for a close call. Marine Le Pen, leader of French nationalist party the National Front, has already called for every country to hold their own referendums. (RELATED: Marine Le Pen Wants Germans To Be Allowed To ‘Gerxit’ From European Union)

The Brexit race remains tight with six weeks to go. The latest YouGov poll released Monday gives the remain side a slight edge with 42 percent’s support. The leave camp, sitting at 40 percent in the poll, is hoping to convince the 13 percent that consider themselves undecided voters.

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