'Majority want to stay in European Union'
THE vast majority of people in the south west want Britain to remain in the European Union, according to a survey carried out by Euro MP Sir Graham Watson.
He described the results as "encouraging".
Two thirds of those who responded to the survey said Britain should remain part of the EU, with some suggesting that reform was required to make it work better.
One in three respondents said trade was the most important reason why the UK should remain actively involved in Europe.
Climate change, immigration and counter terrorism were other issues which were given as examples of how we could work together with other countries at a European level.
Sir Graham, a Liberal Democrat, said: "Whilst it is encouraging to see so many people in the South West remain positive about our relationship with the EU, it is clear that as an MEP I must do more to promote the benefits of Britain's membership.
"And it would be naive not to recognise that one third of respondents would like to see us withdraw immediately.
"Britain has one of the lowest levels of understanding about how the EU affects our daily lives.
"I will continue to do all I can to raise the awareness of these positives; from better consumer rights to the freedom to work, study or travel in any EU member state."
He said leaving the EU would be very damaging to Britain.