Pressure groups are already setting out their stall to persuade voters to either choose out or in in referendum promised to take place before the end of 2017, but which could be as early as next year.
David Cameron has promised an in-out referendum by the end of 2017 GETTY
Half of Britons who said they did not feel European still want to remain in the Union.
The number of Britons saying they do not consider themselves to be ‘European’ at all was the highest in the EU, with Cyprus and Greece closely followed in second and third place.
Researchers said this shows “British people do not appear to see ourselves as a nation of Europeans” and that this is unlikely to change.
In Scotland, while support for leaving the EU is lower overall than in England, 23 per cent of those who said they were “Scottish not British”.
David Cameron at a meeting of EU leaders earlier this year GETTY
“But those who lack a European identity are divided in their views – just because we don’t feel European doesn’t necessarily mean we think we should leave the EU.”
Nigel Farage poses beside a poster after an ‘out’ press conference this summer GETTY