Poll. UK Wants to Leave Europe; It's 51/49 to Quit Europe in Stunning New Survey Result Migration Crisis Will Only Make the Gap Bigger Refugees: Voters Back Cameron

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Poll. UK Wants to Leave Europe; It's 51/49 to Quit Europe in Stunning New Survey Result Migration Crisis Will Only Make the Gap Bigger Refugees: Voters Back Cameron


Byline: Simon Walters and Glen Owen

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 survey also found strong backing for David Cameron's stance in standing up to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who wants the UK to take in a greater share of migrants.

Growing public support to cut all ties with Brussels came as it was revealed the Prime Minister told Merkel to her face: 'I could walk away from the EU.' Merkel accused him of being 'too forceful' in demanding concessions from the rest of the EU. That was why 'we all hate you and isolate you,' she said.

The astonishing exchange is the latest in a series of bombshell disclosures in a new book, Cameron At 10, by Anthony Seldon and Peter Snowdon, which is being serialised in The Mail on Sunday.

The Survation poll for this newspaper suggests that despite the wave of sympathy for Syrian refugees following the publication of pictures of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned when his family tried to reach Greece from Turkey, voters are opposed to letting in large numbers of refugees.

The survey indicates the outcome of the poll, which could take place as early as next year, could be hugely affected by the migrant crisis.

In contrast to today's 51/49 majority for quitting the EU, a Survation poll in July showed a 54/46 margin in favour of staying in.

The 'In' camp has been consistently ahead in ten polls since May. In 2000, at the height of pro-European Tony Blair's premiership, one survey showed support for staying in the EU at 62 per cent, with only 38 in favour of pulling out. …

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