Study: 2 EU countries could quit the Bloc
A study carried out by the European Parliament suggests Italy and the Czech Republic could follow Britain and quit the EU if given the chance in a vote.
The so-called “Spring Eurobarometer” poll shows that less than 50 percent of the electorate in the three EU member states (including Britain) “would vote to remain in the EU”. A total percent of 55 percent of Britons would be unsure on maintaining membership of the Brussels project if a referendum was held.
The figure for pro-EU votes has dropped significantly from the historic 2016 EU referendum, with the poll showing only 37 percent are in favour of membership, instead of the 48 percent nearly three years ago.
Less than half of voters in the Czech Republic and Italy would also vote for remain if referendums were held in their countries.
Only 47 percent would opt to remain in the Czech Republic and 49 percent in Italy favour EU membership.
But they both have a large number of voters who “would not know what to do” if a referendum was called, leaving the exact results of any vote far from certain.
Only 24 percent of voters in the Czech Republic and 19 percent in Italy are in of favour quitting the bloc outright.
In a total overview of the remaining EU27 countries, excluding Britain, 68 percent of voters would opt to remain in the bloc while only 14 percent would decide to quit.
Brussels hails the poll results as a success as there is an "absolute majority of respondent in 25 member states hold this view".
The European Parliament's survey was carried out across all 28 member states and interviewed 27,973 Europeans between February 19 to March 4, 2019.