Poll finds 4/5 Irish would like to keep existing travel & trade arrangements with the UK, object to possible EU isolation measures

June 29th, 2016

A poll conducted by Red C on behalf of the EUD found that four in five Irish would like to keep existing Common Travel Area arrangements with the UK in place and support any UK efforts to keep the existing terms of trade between the UK and the EU. Furthermore four in five Irish polled would object to any possible isolation measures and support UK efforts where they are in Ireland’s interests.

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Commenting on the results EUD President Patricia McKenna stated:

It is clear that Irish public opinion want the existing common travel area to be kept in place and would be against Ireland joining the EU Schengen Area. Furthermore, Irish people want their government to support the existing terms of trade between the EU and UK and would not favour measures to limit or restrict such trade. Notably, Irish people want their government to oppose any EU measures that would isolate the UK.

I would consider that the findings of this poll imply that the Irish government has an obligation to speak out against any abuse of power by EU leaders and EU institutions.  As such, exclusionary inner core meetings, such as that of the six founding members which took place on Saturday, must be opposed in the interests of the rights of all existing EU member states.

The poll of 1004 Irish adults was conducted by Red C Research. Fieldwork 23rd – 26th May 2016.

Full results and notes on methodology are available here and poll tables are available here.

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