The Eu was made in the 1950’s by France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. The EU made a free market. Britain didn’t join until 1973, when Europe was a thriving economy and there were many benefits to gain from the EU.
The euro-zone crisis has severely hindered Europe’s economy and the EU is heavily focused on strengthening the Euro, hence Britain has been sidelined. But that’s not the worst part of it, Britain are seen by the EU as a wealth bank, from which to extract money. This has unwanted effects on British taxpayers and hence many Britons want an exit from the EU.
British public opinion has never been that of Britain being a strong part of Europe. For one Britain isn’t part of mainland Europe. Most Britons have seen the EU as a distant economic partner not an intimate relationship.
The EU doesn’t seem to be financially worthwhile for Britain to be part of, and therefore the YouGov poll showed results as follows:
- 49%-want to leave the EU
- 32%-want to stay in the EU
No country has ever left the EU apart from Greenland. It is still not know whether Britain would make a full exit or stay half members like Switzerland and Norway. (This is presuming that David Cameron listens to his people.)