A majority of Britons want to leave the European Union (EU), while a growing proportion of British citizens "have felt further removed from Europe" over the last 12 months, according to an opinion poll published Thursday by London-based market research company ORB International.
New research from the company found that Britain is the only European country of the 15 polled where a majority want to leave the bloc, and a growing number of people in these countries would prefer their national currency to the euro, if given the choice.
Among the 15 countries, Britain shows the highest level of support for leaving the EU. Other countries surveyed include France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and Iceland. The survey interviewed more than 14,500 adults.
There have also been notable changes in Italy, where 42 percent now want to leave the EU compared with 25 percent a year ago and in Belgium, the proportion has grown to 33 percent from 25 percent.
Across the countries polled, 64 percent said they would prefer to stay in the EU, unchanged from 12 months ago.
The research also shows an increase in respondents who, if given the choice, would reject the euro only 15 years after the launch of the currency. A total of 47 percent of respondents would prefer to use their national currency, an increase from 44 percent last year.