71% say Government powerless on new EU migration

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71% say the government is powerless over Romanian and Bulgarian immigration.

A ComRes poll commissioned by Get Britain Out has shown public disbelief in government assurances that they will deter a new wave of EU immigration from Romania and Bulgaria next year. Fifty-nine percent of the British public say that the government cannot meet its target of reducing net immigration to the tens of thousands while Britain is a member of the EU. Last month a ComRes poll by Get Britain Out found 79% want existing immigration controls on Bulgaria and Romania to remain.

Topline figures:

  • A large majority of British adults (71%) say that they do not believe that the UK Government will be able to control the number of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania (only 15% disagree).
  • Majorities across all demographic groups say that they do not believe the Government will be able to control immigration from Bulgaria and Romania after controls expire in 2014.
  • 69% of Conservatives, 68% of Labour voters and 56% of Liberal Democrats believe the government will not be able to control new EU immigration from Romania and Bulgaria.
  • The East Midlands is the highest region of discontent, with 78% saying the government will be unable to control new EU immigration.

Tim Aker, Campaign Director of Get Britain Out, said “the British people know what the political class daren’t say; the only way for Britain to take back control of our borders is to leave the European Union. The people have seen through the spin. No amount of government-sponsored postcards showing rainy British beaches will deter Romanians and Bulgarians whose standard of living is way below ours. Waiting until 2017 to settle the EU issue is not good enough. The people want this issue resolved now, before the EU does more damage to our country.”

ComRes interviewed 2,011 British adults online from 22nd to 24th February 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables are available at www.comres.co.uk.

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