Boris Johnson
  • A new survey shows just 35% of British people still support Brexit with 57% wanting to rejoin.
  • Support for European Union membership has surged in the UK in the past two years.
  • Almost 60% of people now want Britain to rejoin the EU compared to the 48% who backed Remain in 2016.
  • Support for EU membership has risen right across Europe, according to the survey.
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There has been a surge in support for European Union membership among the British public, according to a major new survey.

The European Social Survey found support for the EU has risen across the continent in the past two years, including in Britain which formally left the union earlier this year.

The survey, first reported by CNN, found that 57% of Brits would now vote to rejoin the EU, compared to 50% who said the same in 2018.

By contrast, just 35% said they would now vote to be outside the EU, compared to the 44% who said the same in 2017 and the 52% of people who voted to leave in 2016. 8% of Brits said they would not vote in such a referendum.

The findings come four years after Britain voted to leave as the country faces an increasingly gloomy economic outlook amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

European Social Survey
The UK is currently inside the Brexit transition period, which means that it maintains the same trade and customs rules that it had before leaving the EU.

However, Boris Johnson's government has insisted that the UK will exit this transition period at the end of 2020, regardless of whether new trading arrangements are negotiated with the EU within that time.

Support for EU membership rises across Europe

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The survey also found support for EU membership is increasing across the continent, despite some predictions that Brexit would trigger a wave of opposition to the union in other European countries.

All of the countries surveyed in the 2020 and 2018 saw support for EU membership rise, the survey found.

There was a 12% rise in support for EU membership in Finland and an 11% support for membership in the Czech Republic. In Britain support for membership has risen by 7% since 2018.

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