Most voters would want Britain to leave the European Union if a referendum were held now, according to a poll for The Times (£).
The Populus survey shows that 40% would leave, 37% would stay and 23% did not know how they would vote. After taking into account people's likelihood to vote and stripping the do not know votes, that translates into:
- 53% would want to leave the EU.
- 47% would want to stay in the EU.
To the surprise of many Lib Dems, Nick Clegg appears to have played down the importance of the Coalition's divide on an in-out referendum.
Business leaders in Davos are worried about the Prime Minister's pledge to put Britain's membership of the European Union to a referendum.
With some in France keen to "roll out the red carpet" for a British exit, Germans favouring decentralisation welcome EU renegotiation talks.