Europeans Believe Brexit Will Have No ‘Noticeable Impact’ On EU

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According to the results of a new survey that was published earlier today, approximately 61 percent of the citizens of the European Union do not expect that Brexit will have any “noticeable impact” on the rest of the bloc.

While 20 percent believe that the European Union will be “worse off” without the United Kingdom, some 12 percent think that the European Union will do better without the United Kingdom.

Citizens in Poland and the Netherlands were considered the most pessimistic, with nearly a third of respondents to the survey saying that Brexit would have negative consequences for the European Union. The said survey was conducted on behalf of Bertelsmann, a German thinktank.

The survey was conducted in December 2018. Almost 11,800 citizens from the 28 member states of the European Union were consulted as part of the survey.

About 44 percent of citizens from the remaining 27 member states believe that the United Kingdom itself will be worse off after Brexit. Even then, around 30 percent expect it to have “no significant impact” on the United Kingdom, and around a quarter believe that the United Kingdom will be better off.

Among the most pessimistic about the post-Brexit prospects of the United Kingdom are the respondents from Spain and Germany — more than half of whom believe that the United Kingdom will be worse off after leaving the European Union

Only 13 percent of the Germans and 19 percent of the Spaniards believe that the United Kingdom would be better off. However, those who have an affinity with far-right or populist parties such as Lega Nord of Italy are much more likely to believe that the United Kingdom will be better off outside of the European Union.

The results, however, go some way to justifying why the leaders of the European Union have been so unwavering in their Brexit position — their own citizens appear to be non-plussed about the effects of the departure of the United Kingdom.