Italy would be the most likely to consider leaving the EU, if Brexit is found to have a positive effect on the UK economy five years on from Britain quitting the bloc. France and Spain showed a moderate interest in changing its relationship with the EU, while Germany was the least likely to consider quitting the Union, according to the research.
The findings were made in a recent poll by Redfield and Wilton Strategies, which quizzed 1,500 people in each of the four countries, 6,000 people in total, between July 17-18.
Pollsters asked respondents: “I will be more likely to support my country leaving the EU if the UK and its economy are in a good state in five years, agree or disagree?”
It found Italians were most in favour of learn the EU, with 45 percent either agreeing or strongly agreeing with the idea of an “Italexit.”
France came second with 38 percent, shortly followed by Spain at 37 percent.
Germans were the least likely to consider such a move with just 30 percent in favour.
They were also most likely to oppose quitting the bloc, with 37 percent either disagreeing or strongly disagreeing with the idea.
Germany was followed by Spain at 28 percent, with both France and Italy on 20 percent.
Respondents were also quizzed on whether they thought the UK would benefit from leaving the EU in the long-term.
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The poll findings coincide with rising anti-EU sentiment in Italy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month Gianluigi Paragone, a former senator for the anti-establishment 5Star Movement who has been dubbed “Italy’s Nigel Farage” launched his “Italexit” party.
The new party, modelled on Mr Farage’s Brexit Party, promises to free Italy “from the cage of the European Union and the single currency”.
Anti-EU sentiment has started to build in Italy, as many Italians felt abandoned by the bloc during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, as the country soon became Europe’s epicentre.
Italy’s hospitals were quickly overwhelmed, health care workers were desperately running out of personal protective equipment and life-saving equipment was scarce.
But the plea for help largely fell on deaf ears, with member states ignoring Italy’s call for help.
The EU hopes to have quelled ill-feeling within the county with its €750billion (£674billion) coronavirus recovery fund, of which Italy proved a large benefactor.