By Tim Montgomerie
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On Thursday we conducted a special pre-summit poll. The Daily Mail ran with it yesterday morning. I had intended to cover the results then too but when I got out of bed it seemed more important to cover the sensational overnight news. Anyhow here are the main results of that survey. Events have overtaken them to some extent but they still show the striking extent of Euroscepticism amongst the grassroots.
- This summit provides Britain with the best opportunity in a generation to forge a new relationship with the EU: Agree 76% / Disagree 15%
- The most important thing at this summit is saving the €uro and Britain should do everything to help deliver that aim: Agree 25% / Disagree 60%
- Britain should not be part of any summit deal that saves the €uro. We should insread be arguing that the €uro needs to be broken up in an orderly way: Agree 57% / Disagree 26%
- Britain should hold a referendum on any new Treaty that involves substantial changes to relations between EU member states: Agree 84% / Disagree 10%
- This is the summit to stop economic crisis engulfing Europe. Repatriating powers from Europe to Britain should wait until the crisis has passed: Agree 30% / Disagree 63%
- If Cameron safeguards the City of London and UK access to the single market it's not necessary for him to repatriate any powers: Agree 24% / Disagree 67%
- Conservative politicians like Boris Johnson and Iain Duncan Smith should keep quiet and we should trust David Cameron to get the best deal for Britain that he can: Agree 22% / Disagree 72%
Coalition or Euroscepticism?
- The most important thing in British politics is deficit reduction and David Cameron should do nothing at the EU summit that jeopardises his relationship with Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats: Agree 21% / Disagree 64%