Brexit: 78% in EU think first aim should be to protect EU27
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Brexit: 78% in EU think first aim should be to protect EU27

For 78% of EU citizens, the primary objective for Brexit negotiations should be to protect the interests of the remaining EU27, while 22% want the focus to be on building a new economic relationship with the UK, giving it special privileged conditions post-Brexit. These are the main findings of the opinion poll on Brexit conducted by the polling institute Red C Research for the EPP Group that were presented today by the EPP Group Chairman, Manfred Weber, at the Bureau meeting of the Group in Wicklow (Ireland).

For those EU citizens asked, the priorities for the negotiations should be:

  • to protect the future economies of the remaining EU Member States (92% of EU citizens asked)
  • to enhance the financial markets in the remaining EU27 Member States in order to ensure financial stablity (91%)
  • to focus on the longer term interests of the remaining EU27 states, rather than on short-term economic gains (89%)
  • to ensure that the UK pays any outstanding financial obligations to the EU (88%)
  • to ensure that there is no introduction of second class EU citizens (87%)
  • to protect the rights of EU citizens who are living in the UK (86%)