Migrant coverage boosts Brexit camp — UK minister

Migrants in Calais, looking to reach the United Kingdom | Getty

Polls show the Out campaign is gaining followers.
By JULES JOHNSTON 11/5/15, 4:38 PM CET
The extensive media coverage of the ongoing migrant crisis has caused a spike in public support for the U.K.’s possible exit from the EU, Britain’s minister for Europe said Thursday.

David Lidington told journalists the growing popularity of the Brexit campaign in the last few months “is related in part at least to the fact that news coverage has been dominated by the migration crisis.”

Until recently, opinion polls had suggested a clear pro-EU attitude in the U.K., but surveys now show the gap is closing as the Brexit camp makes gains. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised an In-Out referendum on EU membership by 2017.

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In a September poll for The Daily Mail, 51 percent of people surveyed said they wanted to leave the EU, a statistic which was subsequently reported as the first time the opinion had shifted in favor of leaving. This was supported by polling service Yougov , who said that for the “first time since November 2014 more British people want to leave the EU than remain a member”

Migrant coverage boosts Brexit camp — UK minister

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