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Only one in three Britons wants to stay in European Union, poll shows

Published on Feb 19, 2013 12:00 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Only one in three Britons would vote to stay in the European Union in a referendum promised by Prime Minister David Cameron, according to a poll published in the Financial Times on Monday.

Fifty per cent of Britons would vote to leave the bloc, 33 per cent would vote to stay in, and 17 per cent would not vote, the survey by Harris Interactive for the newspaper found.

Mr Cameron said in a speech on Jan 23 that he wants to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU and then put the new terms to the British public in an in-out referendum by the end of 2017.

Of those Britons who said they would vote to leave the EU, 12 per cent said they would definitely change their minds if there was a successful renegotiation, while 47 per cent said they possibly would, but 41 per cent said it would make no difference.

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