Poll: Majority Of French People Back Brexit


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Guy Bentley Research Associate, Reason Foundation
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A majority of French people want the United Kingdom to vote for Brexit and leave the European Union.

That’s according to a poll in the French newspaper Le Figaro. The online poll of more than 22,000 people found 68 percent thought the Brits should vote for Brexit on June 23.

Despite a flurry of intervention from world leaders, including President Barack Obama, as well as a host financial institutions warning Britain about the dire consequences of Brexit, the polls have shifted toward the “Leave” side.

Two of the last three opinion polls put the pro-Brexit side ahead by two percentage points. A YouGov poll published Thursday showed both sides neck and neck.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel weighed in on the Brexit debate recently, warning the UK would lose influence and isolate itself if it left  EU.

“For those coming from the outside, and we’ve had lots of negotiations with third-party countries, we would never make the same compromises, or achieve the same good results, for states that don’t take on the responsibility and costs of the single market,” Merkel told a press conference Thursday. “One nation alone will never be able to achieve such good results.

“It’s in all of our interest, but also in British interests, to say that we’re putting all of our weight into a negotiation as part of the European Union,” Merkel added. The Brexit debate has sparked interest in referendums across Europe.

An Ipsos-MORI poll released May 9 surveyed 6,000 Europeans from Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden on their feelings about the current state of the EU.

Almost half of Europeans, 45 percent, want their respective countries to hold exit referendums on whether or not they should stay in the EU. (Almost Half Of Europeans Want Every Country To Vote On Leaving EU)

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