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Over half of Britons see EU membership as a benefit: survey

Over half of Britons see EU membership as a benefit: survey

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(BRUSSELS) - 55 per cent of British people consider EU membership to have been of benefit to the country, according to a European Parliament survey published Wednesday, with only 26 per cent seeing no benefit.

The 2017 'Parlemeter' survey, which looks at public perceptions of EU membership as well as attitudes towards Parliament, its priorities, actions and mission, finds that the share of all EU citizens who believe that their country has benefited from EU membership is 64%, an increase of four percentage points compared to 2016.

In Britain 55% consider membership to have been of benefit to the country. Conversely the number of Britons who believe the UK has not benefited from EU membership has dropped by 7 percentage points to 27%.

47% of EU citizens and 40% of Brits feel that their voice counts in the EU, the best result since the European elections 2009.

The Parlemeter survey confirms the citizens' increasingly favourable view of the EU, continuing a trend visible in surveys since 2016.

EP President Antonio Tajani welcomed the results, which showed that, "in general, people increasingly see the EU as a key player in tackling the big challenges and protecting them against common threats such as terrorism, unemployment or poverty and exclusion."

On Parliament's image, the share of citizens who have a neutral image of the European Parliament is 42%, while 33% have a positive image, up eight points within one year. In the UK, 27% of respondents have a positive image of the European Parliament - a growth of 4 percentage point in the last 12 months.

European citizens also clearly expect the EU to help protect them against certain threats. When asked which threats EU should focus on, both Britons and EU citizens cited terrorism (65% and 58% respectively) as a top priority. This was followed by poverty and exclusion (34% and 42%) and unemployment (29% and 43%). Interestingly less than a quarter of Britons listed uncontrolled migration as a top threat compared to 35% of all EU citizens.

When it comes to EU's objectives, Britons feel that the EU should protect the freedom to travel, work and study across the EU as a matter of priority (46%). This was closely followed by fundamental right and freedoms (43%), safety in terms of health standards (31%) and environment (28%). EU citizens expect the Union to safeguard fundamental rights (44%), freedom to travel, work and study across the EU (36%), labour rights (34%), adequate pensions (34%) and economic well-being (33%).

The 2017 Parlemeter survey is based on face-to-face interviews with 27,881 Europeans, aged 15 or more, in all EU 28 member states, between 23 September and 2 October 2017.

Parlemeter 2017: A Stronger Voice


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Posted by LYN WICK at 19 October 2017, 14:25 CET
DELUDE ,UK PEOPLE DEMAND TO BE TOTALLY FREE FROM EU ,NO DEAL WITH EU @0 COST AND TO FALL BACK ON WORLD TRADE TARIFFS AND TO TRADE WITH THE WORLD .MARCH 2019 WE WILL HAVE NO DEAL OR TRADE WITH EU COUNTRIES UNLESS WORLD TARIFFS ARE IN PLACE ----------------JUST MAKING A TRUTH FULL STATEMENT . UK LAW WILL REMAIN SUPREME OVER ALL THAT LIVE IN UK ,DEMOCRACY OF THE PEOPLE ENFORCED ,SOVEREIGN NATION ONCE AGAIN ---------THAT IS WHAT 75% OF BRITISH PEOPLE DEMAND .

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Posted by LYN WICK at 19 October 2017, 14:36 CET
EU = DESTROYING EUROPEAN NATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF ONE NATION CALLED THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE .BILDERBURG PLAN 1942----------2017+ HILTERS DREAM FOR THE GLOBAL ELITE --------------NEW WORLD ORDER -------MELTING POT OF EUROPEAN NATIONALITY AND DNA WITH AFRICAN/ASIAN CONTINENT TO ENFORCE AUSTERITY ,POVERTY ,CHEAP LABOR TO KEEP THE WORKING CLASS IN THEIR PLACE -------TO DO THIS THE PLAN IS TO FETCH INVADERS TO THE SHORES OF EUROPE AND BANKRUPT THE PEOPLE OF THE NATIONS . EVIL DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN CULTURE . GERMANY IN CONTROL ,OPEN BORDERS CRIMINALS DREAMS -----BE ASHAMED .GERMANY PLAN TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE NEW SOVEREIGN TO BE COUNTRY ----EUROPE .POLITICS AND DICTATORSHIP IS FOREMOST ------TRADE OF BUSINESSES LOW ON THE LIST FOR SMALL OUTLETS .

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Posted by John Knox at 19 October 2017, 18:34 CET
This is a sad reflection of the sort of people that are striving to make Britain a place to be ashamed of. The racist, fascist tendencies of a quite small group of Britons should not be allowed to wreck this country. You should know, by the way, that around 37 per cent of the British people voted to leave the EU, not 75 per cent.