Half of the UK would choose to leave the European Union - poll

Half of British voters would choose to leave the European Union in the event of a referendum, according to a new poll.

In a YouGov poll of 1,637 people, 49% of voters would choose to leave the EU in a referendum while only 28% would opt to remain a member. 17% said they did not know how they would vote.

The poll shows that most voters do not believe the UK has much sway in European politics.

45% said Britain had little clout within the EU, with only 29% saying Britian was influential.

British voters were gloomy about the future for the European Union with only 22% saying they felt optimistic. Meanwhile, 65% said they felt pessimistic about the union’s prospects.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said that the poll showed voters wanted a change in the coalition’s policy on Europe.

“It is clearer and clearer that the people of this country want out of the European Union. The 49% are not looking for Cameron’s renegotiations, and a punt into the long grass. They want out.”

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