The political push for Britain to leave the European Union is leading by 10 points in a new poll ahead of a crucial vote later this month that could sever the U.K. from the 28-nation coalition.
The Vote Leave campaign in the so-called Brexit vote registered 55 percent to the Remain group’s 45 percent, in a new poll of 2,000 voters by the Independent newspaper in London — the widest margin favoring exiting the EU since the newspaper started polling the measure a year ago.
The results are likely to stoke fears that Britain is slipping toward approving the June 23 Brexit referendum, the newspaper said, adding that many seem willing to take the plunge for more independence from the European coalition — even though it’s a risky move.
Eight in 10 say the Brexit poses some risk — but four in 10 say, whatever the result, it won’t have a big impact on everyday life, according to the Independent poll.
Former British prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major warned this week leaving the EU could destabilize the United Kingdom and jeopardize an existing peace deal in Northern Ireland — while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Britain staying put would be the “best and most desirable thing for us all.”
Proponents of the Brexit, like former London Mayor Boris Johnson, feel saying goodbye to the European Union would give the nation more control over its governance.
The Vote Leave campaign — which cites immigration, and 350 million pounds sent abroad each week as reasons to break from the EU — was not convinced by the Independent’s poll.
“We don’t believe the ORB online poll, our data suggests it’s closer to 50-50,” the campaign said in a statement on Twitter.
Herald wire services contributed to this report.
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