In another indication that the UK is steadily drifting away from the EU, 56 percent of British citizens polled said they would vote to leave the European Union, and only 28 percent held a positive opinion of the institution. The Guardian:
About 68% of Conservative voters want to leave the EU, against 24% who want to remain; 44% of Labour voters would probably choose to get out, against 39% who would back staying in, while some 39% of Liberal Democrats would probably or definitely vote to get out, compared with 47% who would prefer to remain in the EU.
It’s clear that even pro-European Brits are souring on Brussels. Labour voters increasingly want out, and the party leadership won’t easily convince them of their newfound Euroskepticism.
Meanwhile, there are continuing calls for a referendum on EU membership before the 2015 elections. It’s unlikely the crisis-wracked bureaucrats in Brussels will be presiding over a smoothly-functioning union by then. British anti-EU sentiment will likely strengthen in the meantime.
Referendum or no, the next elections will be a serious test of the UK’s relationship with its continental partners.