Slim EU backing among British workers - poll

LONDON Fri Mar 8, 2013 12:03am GMT

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LONDON (Reuters) - Workers in Britain marginally back remaining part of the European Union with 45 percent in favour of Britain's continued membership, according to a poll published on Friday.

Of the 1,004 part-time and full-time employees surveyed, 41 percent favoured leaving the European Union, with 14 percent unsure, according to polling company Survation.

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold an in-out referendum by 2017 amid pressure from some Conservative lawmakers and rising public support for the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party.

UKIP pushed Cameron's ruling Conservatives into third place last week in a closely-watched election in southern England triggered by the resignation of a former minister.

The poll, conducted for the largely trade union-backed organisation, Unions21, showed 74 percent of workers were worried an EU withdrawal could see the loss of employment rights in areas such as working hours, discrimination and annual leave.

"Any move to repatriate powers can only be but a smokescreen to take these EU rights away from working people, and make them work longer hours for less pay," said Lesley Mercer, president of the TUC, the umbrella body of most British labour unions.

A previous Survation poll conducted in January showed 54 percent of people support leaving the EU with only 36 percent prepared to vote in favour of continued membership.

Promising to renegotiate Britain's membership terms, Cameron in January told parliament that when it came to employment, social and environmental legislation, "Europe has gone far too far".

(Reporting By Costas Pitas Editing by Maria Golovnina)

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2writestoo wrote:
Was this a poll conducted by EURO fanatical Liberal Democrats? No; it was conducted by the Labour Party’s Trade Unionist branch. The labour party incidentally would stay in the EU even if it meant the UK becoming a minor state in Federal Germany. How is it that every other poll in the past 12 months has found that by an overwhelming majority the UK electorate want out of the parasitic circus that is intent in milking the economy of the UK dry? When a referendum was held in the UK apropos joining the free trade common market in 1973 the Brits did not sign up for its fiscal service and banking sector aqnd parliament to be regulated by Lithuania. Slovenia, Poland. Bulgaria, Rumania, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Spain, Portugal and the rest of the recession/ going bust Euro zone headed by the French federalist president Françoi Holland. After the forthcoming German elections its Chancellor will no doubt announce the formation of a three speed Euro Zone and Britain’s place will be in the third tier. This , Germany hopes will see the demise of Britain as the leading (by a country mile) financial sector in Europe to be replaced by the European/ GERMAN Central Bank in FRANKFURT. Thus avenging the humiliations suffered by the Germans at the British hands in comparatively recent history and if the rest of Europe does not believe this the British by and large does.

Mar 08, 2013 9:24am GMT  --  Report as abuse
2writestoo wrote:
Was this a poll conducted by EURO fanatical Liberal Democrats? No; it was conducted by the Labour Party’s Trade Unionist branch. The labour party incidentally would stay in the EU even if it meant the UK becoming a minor state in Federal Germany. How is it that every other poll in the past 12 months has found that by an overwhelming majority the UK electorate want out of the parasitic circus that is intent in milking the economy of the UK dry? When a referendum was held in the UK apropos joining the free trade common market in 1973 the Brits did not sign up for its fiscal service and banking sector aqnd parliament to be regulated by Lithuania. Slovenia, Poland. Bulgaria, Rumania, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Spain, Portugal and the rest of the recession/ going bust Euro zone headed by the French federalist president Françoi Holland. After the forthcoming German elections its Chancellor will no doubt announce the formation of a three speed Euro Zone and Britain’s place will be in the third tier. This , Germany hopes will see the demise of Britain as the leading (by a country mile) financial sector in Europe to be replaced by the European/ GERMAN Central Bank in FRANKFURT. Thus avenging the humiliations suffered by the Germans at the British hands in comparatively recent history and if the rest of Europe does not believe this the British by and large does.

Mar 08, 2013 9:24am GMT  --  Report as abuse
SCSCSC wrote:
I do not believe a word that this poll says. The population of the UK wants out by a massive majority so how come this poll is so different?!

The only poll that should be undertaken is an official Referendum.

Mar 08, 2013 1:25pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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