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Bloc's support for EU membership surges

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 01:44

Support for the European Union has surged to multi-year highs in the bloc’s biggest countries following Britain’s decision to leave the EU, according to an IFOP survey. As Kate King reports it’s a blow to Eurosceptic parties who were hoping to see their own countries follow suit.

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It was a decision which sent the world into a tailspin. Britain out of the EU. Eurosceptic parties continent-wide have been hoping to ride the Brexit wave. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LEAVE CAMPAIGNER, NIGEL FARAGE, SAYING: "The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom." But it seems people in some of the bloc's biggest countries don't want to follow Britain's example. An IFOP poll taken in the weeks after the vote showed support for EU membership jumped to 81 percent in Germany, a 19 point increase from the last time the question was asked in November 2014. In France, support surged by 10 points to 67 percent. In the euro zone's third-largest economy, Italy, support also rose 4 points, to 59 percent, the highest since June 2012. It was the same in Spain where 81 percent of those polled said EU membership was a good thing. That doesn't mean the eurozone hasn't escaped the fall-out from Brexit Data out on Friday showing euro zone business growth is at its slowest since the start of 2015. Though that's less of a fall than analysts had predicted. (SOUNDBITE)(English) IG SENIOR MARKET ANALYST, CHRIS BEAUCHAMP SAYING: "Certainly eurozone data is nothing to cheer about at the moment. I think we should be cautious again about predicting a recovery there just as we should be equally cautious about reading to much into the first round of UK data so I think we need to see more evidence to gauge exactly where the eurozone economy is heading over the next 6 months." But it seems immediate repercussions, such as a drop in the pound, have been enough to make Europeans cautious about change. The same IFOP poll indicating strong support for the euro across the board.

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Bloc's support for EU membership surges

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 01:44