The Union is under pressure after results revealed that member states would consider leaving the bloc if Brexit turns out to be a success. Almost half of Italians polled said they would consider leaving the EU if the UK and its economy were “in good shape” five years after leaving.
Forty-five percent of Italian citizens said they agree or strongly agree with “Italexit” when asked “I will be more likely to support my country’s exit from the EU. if the UK and its economy are in good shape five years from now, agree or disagree? “
Meanwhile, the Redfield and Wilton Strategies poll, commissioned by Euronews, found 38% of French people would consider breaking free from the bloc if Brexit is successful.
While Spain has seen 37% of its citizens in favor of leaving.
Germany, the EU‘s largest economy, was the least likely to support leaving the bloc, with just 30% of respondents supporting a departure.
Britain voted 52% to 48% to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum and the UK will finally be free from the bloc at the end of the year.
The poll found France to be the most Brexit-friendly with 45% of them saying they believed Britain would benefit from Brexit in the long run, even if it “suffered in the short term.”
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Only 32% of Italians said EU membership had a positive or very positive impact on Italy, with 34% saying it had a somewhat or very negative impact.
But it was better news for the bloc when 57% of Spanish respondents said they thought EU membership had a positive effect on the country, compared to just 15% who thought it was negative.
This was also echoed by 47% of Germans and 39% of French citizens who supported being a member of the bloc for its positive impacts, compared to 19% and 24% respectively who thought it had a negative impact.
It comes after ex-MEP Alexandra Phillips warned that France and Italy could be the next to leave Brussels after Brexit.
The former Brexit Party MEP pointed out the Generation Frexit movement launched by Charles-Henri Gallois and the Italexit party set up by Gianluigi Paragone.
Both were inspired by Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, which won the UK European election last year and lobbied the Tories to push Brexit over the line.
Brexiteer told Express.co.uk: âI think all eyes are on France and Italy. And especially France as we prepare for another presidential election soon.
“If a Frexit candidate comes forward, that person is suddenly going to have a very important platform because they will be part of the presidential debates and really highlight the issue of leaving the EU.”
The poll interviewed 1,500 people each from France, Germany, Italy and Spain between July 17 and July 18.