05.02.16

Only 22 percent of Britons think proposed EU reform deal is a good one

56 percent of voters surveyed in a You Gov poll for the Times believe the proposed changes to Britain's EU membership terms do not go far enough

Opponents to Britain's EU membership are gaining ground

A YouGov survey for The Times newspaper, taken in the two days after British Prime Minister David Cameron set out a proposed EU reform deal, showed 45 percent of Britons would vote to leave the EU compared with the 36 percent who want to remain, Reuters reported. European Council President Donald Tusk had published the draft terms for a new EU membership deal for Britain on Tuesday. The YouGov survey found that just 22 percent of voters agree that the deal is a good one, while 56 percent think the proposed changes to Britain's EU membership terms do not go far enough, Newsweek reported.

Cameron said Tuesday that Britain could hold its EU membership referendum within “a few months” if other EU member states back the reform proposals. cep economist Bert van Roosebeke told Spiegel Online he doubted that the details of the proposals will play a deciding role in the outcome of the referendum. “The debate is getting increasingly emotional,” he said.