UK Survey After Paris Attacks Says Britons Want Brexit

A survey conducted in the days following the Paris terror attacks has shown a swing in opinion for Britons with a majority now wanting to forgo membership of the European Union.

The online poll – conducted by ORB on behalf of the U.K.’s Independent newspaper – shows that 52 percent of the 2,000 respondents believe Britain should leave the EU, while 48 percent want to remain. This is the the first time the monthly survey has shown a majority for a so-called “Brexit.”

The publication highlights that the survey was taken on Wednesday and Thursday last week just days after the attacks in Paris that left 130 dead. The Independent article added that the results show a marked Eurosceptic shift since the Paris attacks, detailing that the majority of respondents were pro-EU last month amid widespread media coverage of the refugee crisis.

The U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on EU membership will happen before the end of 2017. Read the full story on the website of the Independent.


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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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