Our Eurosceptic Turn
This graph from the British Election Study at Essex University shows a sharp increase in hostility to the UK’s membership of the EU in late 2010, which has been sustained since. That was when the crisis of the euro really started to come through in the British media (although the Greek crisis began to get serious in the days just before our general election in May 2010, because it was used as the excuse for Nick Clegg and Vince Cable to switch sides on deficit reduction policy).
Whether this means that people would actually vote to leave the EU in a referendum, however, is a different question. As everyone knows, public opinion started the referendum campaign in 1975 opposed to the UK’s membership of the EEC by a margin of two to one.Tagged in: euroscepticism
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