Friday 03 February 2023

Support grows in the Netherlands for EU membership


The number of people in the Netherlands backing membership of the European Union has grown, and fewer people support a Nexit, the Irish Times reported on Thursday.

People across Europe were asked how they would vote in a hypothetical referendum on whether or not their country should remain in the EU in both 2016-2017 and 2020-2022.

Support for leaving the EU fell in every member state for which results are available, led by a drop of 11.8 percentage points in Finland. In the Netherlands, the proportion of people saying they would vote to leave fell 8.4 percentage points to 13%.

At the same time, the percentage of people saying they would vote to stay rose by 11.2 percentage points in the Netherlands, taking that total to 83.4%, the Irish Times said.

The research is covered in the latest edition of the European Social Survey, an academic think-tank based at the City of London University.

Several anti-EU parties currently have seats in parliament, but support for one of the most vociferous, the far right Forum voor Democratie, has collapsed.

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