Among the six European states participating in the poll questioning EU membership, the British appeared most certain of all that they want to leave the union with only 37 percent against breaking ties.
The French OpinionWay poll showed that 42 percent of British respondents want to leave the EU, while 37 percent are for staying in the union and the rest 21 percent are not sure of the answer, Le Figaro reported on Friday.
Britain’s PM Davis Cameron promised last year to hold a vote on Europe in a referendum by the end of 2017 if the Conservatives win the next general election. Cameron has been under domestic pressure from politicians to quit the EU sooner.
The second place among the six European states surveyed was taken by the Netherlands with 39 percent for breaking the relationship with EU and 41 percent of responders against leaving European partnership.
The least eager ones to say goodbye were the Spanish with 67 percent against the notion and only 17 percent for EU exit.
Among the 3,500 respondents, the French were 22 percent for and 55 against, while the Germans – 22 and 64 respectively. Most of Italy’s respondents said they would stay in the union – 58 percent, only 30 were against.
Amid the ongoing Eurozone crisis that started in 2009, the member states have cut government spending to try and reduce their budget deficits. EU member countries pushed by austerity policing Germany have been struggling to come out of the crisis.
Last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized France and Italy for taking insufficient reforms to curb spending. “The European Commission has drawn up a calendar according to which France and Italy are due to present additional measures” Merkel said to newspaper Die Welt adding that she agrees with the commission. In November the EU commission approved two countries’ budgets which guaranteed that they would impose more austerity measures in 2015.
As oil prices hit new lows below $60, experts say it is going to be a tough year for the EU next year with Italy’s debt being the possible trigger, the Business Insider reported.
“Although the emergency phase of fiscal tightening may be over in the Eurozone, a decade of discipline seems necessary if defaults are to be avoided with certainty,” according to the consultancy Oxford Economics.