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75 percent Britons want nation to quit EU membership: Poll

October 22, 2011 - London

Seventy-five percent of people in Britain have said that they would vote in a referendum to quit the European Union membership or renegotiate the terms, a poll has revealed.

According to the YouGov survey, given a choice to stay in or get out, 52 percent would quit, 31 per cent would stay in, while the rest are "don't knows," reports.

The survey comes ahead of Monday's Commons vote, where MPs will consider whether there should be a referendum on UK membership of the EU.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband are ordering a three-line whip to force MPs to vote against the motion, although at least 60 Tory rebels have signed in defiance, the report said.

The poll found that more than two-thirds of all voters, 67 percent, would like MPs to vote in favour of the motion.

Nearly three-quarters of all voters want their MP to vote according to his or her personal view, and not slavishly follow Cameron's or Miliband's whips.

The poll showed that 15 percent people would vote for Status Quo, 28 percent would vote to leave the EU and 47 per cent would vote to renegotiate membership terms.

Also, over half of those polled said they want more control over immigration, justice, employment, foreign affairs, economic development and defence.


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