Citizens across the EU27 generally reckon their countries will «not be much affected» by the U.K.’s exit from the bloc, and more think Britain will be «worse off» after the divorce, according to newly released data.
A study by theBertelsmann Foundationpublished Wednesday found that 61 percent of people living in the EU27 believe there «will not be a significant change in EU countries because of Brexit.» The foundation asked 10,434 people across the EU27 in December what «best describes the consequences» of Brexit for both the EU as well as the United Kingdom.
More than a quarter of those surveyed (27 percent) thought the EU27 countries would be «worse off» after Brexit, with 34 percent of Dutch and 32 percent of Polish respondents chief among those predicting a gloomier post-Brexit future.
About 12 percent think that «EU countries will be better off because of Brexit.»
«Interestingly, the citizens in the EU27 are much more split when it comes to how they view consequences of Brexit for the U.K.,» the study’s authors wrote — with 44 percent saying Britain would be «worse off,» and 31 percent seeing no «significant change» for post-Brexit Brits.
Another 25 percent see a bright future for Britain once it leaves the EU, led by 38 percent of Italians and 34 percent of French respondents.
«The results suggest that those who feel close to far-right or populist right parties» would be «much more likely to think that the U.K. will be better off because of Brexit,» the study’s authors suggested, referring to additional in-depth surveys the foundation has conducted. They noted that those backing a bright British outlook came primarily from supporters of the Rassemblement National (59 percent) in France or the League party (52 percent) in Italy.
Those predicting that Britain will be «worse off» outside the EU were led by Germans (58 percent) and Spanish nationals (50 percent).