Record numbers respond online – over 20,000 votes – 94% say leave
In the immediate aftermath of today's publication of Britain's draft deal with the European Union, an overwhelming majority of people up and down the country have called for an EU exit via 2 polls conducted by Daily Express and Express.co.uk.
In what is a huge blow to the Prime Minister's hopes of convincing voters he can claw back powers from the EU, a significant 94% of people polled by Express.co.uk – more than 20,000 voters – say they would vote to leave the EU in a referendum and a further 99% of those who were polled via the Daily Express print edition said they too wanted to leave. Only 5% of online voters opted to remain within the EU.
A spokesman for Daily Express said: "Despite the best efforts of the PM and European leaders it's looking increasingly like Britain will vote to leave, come the referendum. David Cameron said yesterday that there was still more work to be done on the deal. These results from Daily Express readers suggest there's an awful lot more than he thinks!"
A draft agreement stitched together by the government and Brussels was revealed earlier by EU Council President Donald Tusk. The blueprint set out plans to give an "emergency brake" on benefits for migrant workers as well as measures to give national parliaments power to block EU laws. But Eurosceptics said the draft deal fell well short of hopes for real change in our relationship with the EU.
The Daily Express launched its crusade to quit the EU on November 25 2010 when it became the first national newspaper to declare that Britain should free itself from the shackles of Brussels. Hundreds of thousands of readers filled in campaign coupons demanding Britain quit and these were handed by the sackful to Downing Street.
The crusade helped shift the political agenda, forcing politicians to take notice of the public mood and agree to a referendum that could come as soon as June this year.