European Union - Referendum, says poll
WORKERS, JUNE 2009 ISSUE
A new poll by the Taxpayers’ Alliance/ICM has found that, if people were asked in a referendum whether or not they would vote for Britain to sign up to the Lisbon Treaty, 62 per cent said they would vote not to sign up to it; 28 per cent said they would vote to sign it; and 9 per cent said they didn’t know.
When asked the question, “If other countries wouldn’t let us take back powers or renegotiate our relationship, should the British Government ... ?”, 37 per cent agreed with the option that the government should abide by that decision, and 57 per cent agreed with the option that the government should take the powers away regardless of what other countries or the EU said.
When asked, “Some people we have spoken to have said that none of the main political parties adequately represents their own views on Britain’s future relationship with the EU”, 67 per cent agreed and 28 per cent disagreed.
Asked if the government should comply with EU rules on working time and VAT, 28 per cent said the government should “always abide by these rules”, but 69 per cent said the government should “abide by those rules the British government agrees with but not others”. Asked if Britain should pay fines imposed by the EU for breaking EU rules, 38 per cent said Britain should pay the fines, and 60 per cent said they should not pay the fines.