A majority of the British public does NOT support the idea of a European Army, contrary to reporting of a YouGov poll by the pro-European Union (EU) Independent newspaper.
The Indy has reported: “The British public support the creation of a European Union standing army” despite YouGov’s numbers revealing that just 36 per cent of those polled supported the idea, while 50 per cent either opposed, or did not express a preference either way.
The pro-EU spin comes from the newspaper that demanded that pro-EU activists use dirty tactics against Brexit campaigners.
But the actual polling paints a picture of indecision by the British public over the issue, with more people than not also stating that individual EU member states should make their own decisions about war in Syria (54 per cent vs 34 per cent).
And 50 per cent of those polled thought an EU army would make no difference to Europe’s safety, or make Europe less safe, compared to the 31 per cent who thought it would make Europe more safe.
Asked, “…do you think the European Union having a standing army would make Britain more safe, less safe or would it make no difference?” 23 per cent of people thought it would make Britain more safe, while 58 per cent of people thought it would make no difference, or indeed make us less safe.
The poll also appeared to quiz those of wealthier backgrounds and social grades (ABC1s) over those from less well off backgrounds.
The fact that polling on the matter exists is possibly an admission that UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage was right when he warned about the danger of an EU Army – a point met with denigration by his 2014 debating opponent, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, whose coalition government enjoyed the support at the recent general election of… the Independent.