A new Global Vision/ICM poll finds that 74% of those surveyed still want their say on the EU Reform Treaty in a referendum.
Furthermore, when asked who should control specific policy areas, respondents were overwhelmingly against the European Union. This includes policy areas—such as trade and agriculture—where the EU already has exclusive competence to control policy, as well as those—such as Foreign Affairs and Defence—where the new Treaty envisages the EU playing an increasing role."For each of the policy areas, do you think they should be controlled by the EU or the British Government?"
This latest survey also confirms previous Global Vision polling, which has shown that a looser relationship between the UK and EU is the option of choice for Brits: 24% of respondents wanted to leave the EU; 21% wanted to stay in; and an astounding 50% wanted a looser relationship.
This survey is very welcome to EUsceptics, although ultimately futile. Unfortunately, as I have pointed out a number of times (not least in the comments to this Redwood post), a looser deal is an arrangement that simply is not on the table. Having a looser arrangement means leaving the EU, it's that simple.
The European Union is a political construct: dumping the politics and keeping the free trade is not an option whilst we are in the EU because the EU is the damn politics. The free trade area was essentially a carrot, to lure the prey countries in, that's all.
With the benefits of the free trade area now a bit dubious, the EU is using pure financial bribery (in the form of "regeneration grants" and suchlike) in order to reel in yet more countries to feed its near insatiable appetite for control.
What Global Vision is attempting to do is simply not an option: if you are in the EU, you are part of the political union. It really is that simple.