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70% in South West want a referendum on EU membership according to new poll

Sunday, 17 April 2011
More than two-thirds of people in the South West want a referendum on whether Britain should remain part of the European Union, an exclusive poll published this week in the Western Morning News has revealed.

According to the regional daily, 35% of people surveyed said they "strongly agree" that there should be a referendum on EU membership, while a further 34% "agree" that a vote is needed.

The remainder of the sample either “disagree” (10%), “strongly disagree” (7%) or “didn't know” (14%) whether they wanted a referendum or not.

But then when asked how they would vote in such a referendum, 42% said they no longer wanted the UK to be part of the EU, and only 32% said they wanted to retain membership.

Such euroscepticism is hardly a surprise in the region – after all it is the home of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and five of the six current MEPs are either Conservatives or representatives of UKIP whose raison d'être is leading the campaign to leave Europe. But it is understood that EU enthusiasts in the region also want a referendum in order to "lance the boil", keen to demonstrate the vast economic cost of pulling out and how the Union has helped maintain peace in Europe since 1945.

The results of the poll conducted by the Devon-based market-research company Marketing Means were formulated from the mere 640 responses they received from people across the greater South West surveyed in March 2011.

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