As the United Kingdom is preparing for a referendum on its membership in the European Union, a survey suggests that almost half of voters in eight big EU countries would also like to have in-out votes.
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According to the Ipsos-MORI online poll, published on Monday, 45% of over 6,000 people surveyed in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden said they wanted their own vote. A third of participants also said they would opt to leave the EU if given the chance.

The poll found that the size of the potential "Out" vote was particularly high in France and Italy, with between 41 and 48% of the sample saying they would vote to leave the EU. Meanwhile in Poland and Spain, however, support to leave the 28-member bloc was as low as 22 and 26%, respectively.

"The Italians in particular hope to have their own opportunity to go to the polls on their EU membership, which lends a sense that even if the [UK]) vote does ... stick with the status quo in June, it will not be the end of the EU's woes," said Bobby Duffy, head of social research at Ipsos-MORI.

On June 23, around 46 million Britons are eligible to vote on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or leave the 28-member bloc. The latest YouGov poll, cited in "The Times" on Monday, found that UK opinion remains tight, with 42% in favor of staying in the EU, and 40% supporting a Brexit.

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