17:52 Apr. 13, 2016
45% of respondents would vote against UK's stay in E.U.
The United Kingdom would support the exit from the European Union if the referendum on the matter was held today. This is according to a social research conducted by a polling agency ICM.
The research says 42% of voters want to stay in the E.U. 45% of respondents say they would prefer to see a 'Brexit'
A previous poll by ICM on April 6 indicated that 43 percent of the respondents supported staying in the E.U. Some analysts suspect the lower percentage comes after the Dutch voted against the E.U. - Ukraine association. Many of the voters in the Netherlands claim they voted not against Ukraine but rather against the Brussels' general policy.
The referendum on whether Britain should stay in the E.U. is set to take place on June 23. European leaders see this vote as a major threat to the global economy.
The International Monetary Fund says the planned referendum already creates uncertainty for investors and has worsened Britain's economic growth forecast. According to a recent statement by Maurice Obstfeld, the IMF chief economist, "Brexit" could do severe damage to the region by disrupting established trading relationships". Overall analysts see no positive consequences of the Britain's leave from the European Union.
The British PM David Cameron also supports the UK as a member of the European Union.
"The IMF is right - leaving the EU would pose major risks for the UK economy", posted Cameron in Twitter.
If there will be a negative result in the "Brexit" case, a similar referendum could be organized in other members of the E.U. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the right-wing French political party Front National has recently announced she plans to hold a referendum on France's leave, if she wins the presidential elections in 2017. According to research from Edinburgh University, 53% of French citizens would like to hold such a vote. Analysts claim without two major economies the European Union could potentially cease to exist in the next few years.