Shocking poll shows UK majority favor leaving the EU in forthcoming referendum

Great Britain is going to have a referendum by 2017 on whether or not to stay in the European Union, and a shocking new poll shows that a majority wants to leave. The UK Daily Mail reports:

A majority of British people would vote to leave the European Union in the wake of the migrant crisis engulfing the continent, a shock new Mail on Sunday poll has found.

If a referendum were to be held tomorrow on whether to remain a member of the EU, 51 per cent of British people would vote ‘No’.

It follows a string of polls over recent years which have given comfortable leads to the pro-European camp. Significantly, it is the first measure of public opinion since the Government changed the wording of the referendum question, lending weight to claims that the new phrasing boosts the chances of victory for the ‘Out’ campaign. 

The old wording: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union? (yes or no)

The new wording: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

Analysts conclude that the specter of being forced by the EU to accept a quota of refugees is driving the public’s retreat from support for the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country strongly supports accepting refugees, wants to force other EU members to also follow this policy. Apparently on the theory that because Germany attempted to annihilate Jews, it should accept large numbers of Muslims, a group whose members currently living in Europe have a propensity to attack the few remaining Jews when they are visibly identifiable on the streets of European cities. I find this logic puzzling, but maybe that is just me.

But Germany carries a lot of weight in the EU, so much so that wags sometimes call the EU the Fourth Reich. As an anti-democratic political force, its bureaucrats insulated from democratic accountability, it certainly has the potential to become something like that. The European dream of counterbalancing the might of America is not yet in ruins, but it does face a mortal challenge from the resurgence of nationalism and resistance to EU top-down rule.

Hat tip: Clarice Feldman

Great Britain is going to have a referendum by 2017 on whether or not to stay in the European Union, and a shocking new poll shows that a majority wants to leave. The UK Daily Mail reports:

A majority of British people would vote to leave the European Union in the wake of the migrant crisis engulfing the continent, a shock new Mail on Sunday poll has found.

If a referendum were to be held tomorrow on whether to remain a member of the EU, 51 per cent of British people would vote ‘No’.

It follows a string of polls over recent years which have given comfortable leads to the pro-European camp. Significantly, it is the first measure of public opinion since the Government changed the wording of the referendum question, lending weight to claims that the new phrasing boosts the chances of victory for the ‘Out’ campaign. 

The old wording: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union? (yes or no)

The new wording: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

Analysts conclude that the specter of being forced by the EU to accept a quota of refugees is driving the public’s retreat from support for the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country strongly supports accepting refugees, wants to force other EU members to also follow this policy. Apparently on the theory that because Germany attempted to annihilate Jews, it should accept large numbers of Muslims, a group whose members currently living in Europe have a propensity to attack the few remaining Jews when they are visibly identifiable on the streets of European cities. I find this logic puzzling, but maybe that is just me.

But Germany carries a lot of weight in the EU, so much so that wags sometimes call the EU the Fourth Reich. As an anti-democratic political force, its bureaucrats insulated from democratic accountability, it certainly has the potential to become something like that. The European dream of counterbalancing the might of America is not yet in ruins, but it does face a mortal challenge from the resurgence of nationalism and resistance to EU top-down rule.

Hat tip: Clarice Feldman