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‘Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’’

Published on 16 December 2013 at 10:11

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A generation gap has opened up among Britons, with 41 per cent of 18-24 year olds saying they are firmly in favour of the UK’s EU membership or leaning towards support, compared to 32 per cent who are against, according to a new poll published in The Independent.

Meanwhile, 60 per cent of over 65s reported they are strongly against membership, compared to 25 per cent who said they are pro-EU.

Young Britons think a British withdrawal from the EU “would jeopardise their job prospects at home and on the Continent,” writes The Independent of the ICM Research poll commissioned by think-tank British Future, which will be published in full later in the week.

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The results come ahead of the end of immigration restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians, who will be able to work freely throughout the EU from January 1, 2014.

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