Over half of Britons want to ditch EU Lisbon Treaty

June 18th, 2008 - 12:52 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Gordon Brown
London, June 17 (DPA) More than half of those polled in Britain believe their government should drop the European Union (EU) Lisbon Treaty in the wake of its rejection by Irish voters in a referendum last week, according to a survey published Tuesday. The survey of 1,300 voters by the polling institute YouGov showed that 54 percent of them believe the reform treaty should not be ratified by Britain, while just 14 percent support it.

Among Labour voters, 46 per cent were for the treaty and 19 percent opposed ratification.

The survey, commissioned by think tank OpenEurope, also found that just 29 percent of those questioned believed Britain should remain a full member of the EU, while 24 percent believe Britain should leave the union.

Britain’s membership of a European single market, and its withdrawal from the “political elements” of the union, was supported by 38 percent of those asked.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has insisted that Britain will press ahead with the parliamentary ratification of the treaty by completing the passage of the EU (Amendment) Bill through the House of Lords Wednesday.

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