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52% of Brits would vote to leave EU tomorrow

Staff writer |
The latest Opinium/Observer poll published on January 19 suggested 52% of the British public aged over 18 would vote to leave the EU tomorrow, a small increase since last November when 50% said they would vote to leave.

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Sunday's poll, carried out by Comres for the Independent on Sunday newspaper, also suggests the anti-EU and anti-immigration policies of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) remain popular even though Cameron has already deployed tougher rhetoric on both issues.

Vince Cable, Britain's minister for business, is reportedly telling foreign investors there was a 5% chance his country would leave the 28-nation bloc.

Asked by the newspaper whether foreign companies had raised concerns, Cable said: "The answer is yes. What I say (to businesses) as a government minister is that the risks of us leaving the EU are very, very low... and I just try to reassure foreign investors."

The survey came days after another poll showed Cameron's Conservatives are set to finish behind UKIP in the May election, meaning they are on course to finish third in a nationwide vote for the first time, reports EurActiv. Though UKIP has no seats in the British parliament, its popularity is a problem for Cameron because it threatens to split his own vote at a national election in 2015, depriving him of outright victory.

UKIP has 13 seats in the European parliament and took a quarter of the votes cast in local elections in May.