September 12, 2014
The majority of French people would like Britain to be ejected from the EU, rather than meet London’s demands for renegotiation, a recent poll found. France is the only one of the polled countries who felt this way.
The polling was undertaken by think tank The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), as part of a wide-ranging annual report on global trends, The Local has reported. For the first time it included a question on whether the EU should accommodate London’s demands for reform or risk Britain pulling out of the Union. The question was prompted by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to push for renegotiation ahead of a referendum on British membership of the EU in 2017.
Citizens of eleven countries, including France, Britain, Germany, Italy and Poland were quizzed, but only the French favoured Britain leaving: 42 percent thought that London’s demands should be met, whereas 52 percent thought Britain should instead leave the EU. The Dutch were also fairly ambivalent, with just 45 percent saying Britain should be able to renegotiate, but fewer, 40 percent, thought that a British exit was preferable.
In a result that will worry strong proponents of a UK exit, the British respondents were the most in favour of renegotiation, with 57 percent saying that Brussels should negotiate with London. Just 35 percent of Brits were in favour of Britain leaving the EU outright.
Earlier this year, former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard, who served under François Mitterand, called for Britain to leave the Union saying that Britain was the cause of all of the EU’s problems. “Britain is a great country that has always refused to allow Europe to interfere in its affairs. It has blocked any further integration,” he told Trombinoscope, a French parliamentary magazine.
“If they go, it becomes possible to respond to the needs of governing in Europe. Even Germany realises this and demands it. I hope for it a lot because they have prevented it from developing, they killed it.”
I would like to see a poll about how many people in each country think the EU should simply be dissolved completely.
My guess is that the following countries would say “yes, dissolve it”:
And these would say “no, no, no – we need it”:
Oh. And Germany would want to keep it, of course.
Trying to unite all of these vastly different people into a single union was an incomprehensible act of pure retardedness.
What do you guys think?