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social media has revealed that Britain’s borders were the most important issue for Leave supporters following Britain’s decision to leave the EU.More than half of the public now want to leave the European Union, according to an opinion poll for The Independent
– the first time our monthly survey has shown a majority for “Brexit.”
The survey of 2,000 people by ORB, conducted last Wednesday and Thursday in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, will be seen as a reflection of public anxiety about the EU’s migration crisis.
Anti-EU politicians including Nigel Farage have sought to make a link between the influx of Middle Eastern refugees to Europe and terrorism.
Although the poll results show a marked Euro sceptic shift since Paris, In campaigners believe that the outpouring of sympathy in Britain for France over the massacre will help rather than damage the pro-EU cause.
Some 52 per cent of people say Britain should leave the EU, while 48 per cent want to remain.
When ORB asked the same question in June, July and September, a majority (55 per cent) wanted to stay and 45 per cent to quit on each occasion. Last month, amid widespread media coverage of the refugee crisis, the margin narrowed slightly to 53 per cent in favour of staying in, with 47 per cent wanting out. The latest survey highlights a stark divide between the generations ahead of the in/out referendum to be held by the end of 2017. Some 69 per cent of 18-24 year-olds want to remain in the EU, while only 31 per cent want to leave. Support for EU membership declines steadily with age among older groups, with only 38 per cent of those aged 65 and over wanting to remain and 62 per cent in favour of leaving. Europe have clarified that it would be unacceptable to them disallow unrestricted movement of people for the members of a single market. The leaders have made it very clear that putting curbs on immigration would be unacceptable to the in the process that would come up in the future.