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A recent COMRES poll was commissioned regarding the EU Brexit bill and World War 2 financial losses.
During the Second World War from 1939 to 1945, Britain and its allies fought to defeat fascist forces in many European Union countries. In the course of this, the British people suffered human and material losses.
In leaving the European Union (EU), the European Commission want Britain to pay an exit bill to cover outstanding financial obligations to other countries in the EU. Given Britain’s losses during the Second World War, if Britain has to pay a bill or payment in leaving the European Union, which of the following actions should Britain take?
|Britain should request full compensation for its losses from the European countries that it assisted during the Second World War||34%|
|Britain should request some compensation for its losses from the European countries that it assisted during the Second World War||20%|
|Britain should request no compensation for its losses from the European countries that it assisted during the Second World War||22%|
|I don’t know what Britain should do in this situation||24%|
Base: all GB adults (n=2,028)
- Older Britons (those aged 55+) are most likely to say that Britain should request fullcompensation for its losses from the European countries that it assisted during the Second World War (40% say so compared to 23% of 18-34 year olds).
- Younger Britons are particularly likely to say they don’t know what Britain should do in this situation (27% of 18-34 year olds say this compared to 19% of Britons aged 55+).
- Women (32%) are more likely than men (16%) to say they don’t know what Britain should do in this situation.
The COMRES Poll was commissioned by Mr Geoffrey Berg.
I have personally just commissioned an opinion polling question over whether Britain should respond to the European Union’s exit bill by producing our own (bigger) bill for our losses in helping rescue many European Union member countries from fascism in the Second World War. In fact a good number of the war wounded, some veterans and many people whose lives were disrupted (such as children who were evacuated from cities) are still alive and deserve (even more than our country that had huge reconstruction costs) compensation. Furthermore when Britain entered the EU (EEC actually) in 1973 we had to share the costs of paying for commitments (such as pensions for previous EU Commission Staff) we had never been a party to making.
I commissioned the polling question with the reputable national polling company COMRES. I enclose a summary of the results. It shows that an overwhelming majority of British people favour seeking some compensation. Discounting 24% don’t knows, in a balanced survey of 2,000 people 71% of people wanted some or full compensation (44% for full compensation, 27% for port compensation) for British war losses in response to the Brexit bill. Last September (i.e. in 2017) Poland (renouncing its own ‘settlement’ in 1953 when under Communist control: the UK has never had any compensation or any settlement to renounce) put in a claim to Germany for over seven hundred billion pounds for wartime damages. Most British people clearly think we should now do likewise, provoked as we are by the EU’s sudden and extra-legal claim for a Brexit ‘settlement of accounts’. We should reciprocally have ‘a settlement of accounts’ for our wartime losses-and those countries who owe us money can pay any Brexit bill for us from that!