Only 14% want further integration, public now understand EU politics

Published Aug 12, 2015

News that only 14% of Brits want more integration with the EU is a sign the public have an increasing understanding of how Brussels negatively effects the UK – says UKIP's Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.

In a survey conducted by polling company Opinium, more than 7000 EU residents were asked if EU countries “should continue to progress towards ever closer union”.

Over 1000 of those questioned were British. Whilst a majority of people from countries with struggling economies like Spain and Portugal favour the idea, most residents of more stable countries such as Holland and France would resist closer ties.


At only 14%, Britain has the lowest level of support for further integration of all EU nations.

Welcoming the news, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall said: “For years Westminster bubble politicians have relied on a low level of public awareness to convince us all we had to further integrate with the EU to survive on the world stage.

“Because UKIP have been successful in getting the EU on the domestic political agenda people have started to take more of an interest in the subject, and the more they see, the less they like.

“With so many EU nations in economic crises, both pro and anti EU campaigners have said there is no option to retain the status quo, we are either going to have to agree to further integration or step back from where we are now.

“This comprehensive survey shows that given the choice, the vast majority of British people don’t want even more of our laws made in Brussels, and that means we have to leave.”

85% of respondents also said they do not think the EU are doing a good job at handling issues around the UK referendum.

Mr Nuttall added: “I am delighted that UKIP’s hard work to help people understand EU matters is working, and as every day passes I become more and more confident voters will make the right decision for the future of Britain in the upcoming referendum, and opt to leave the EU.”

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