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European Union Survey: Brexit

Posted 02 Mar. 2017


This is a survey I sent out to all EU countries seeking their feeback about Brexit


To whom it may concern,

My name is Alan Tobin and I am a Councillor in the Ashbourne District of Meath, Ireland.

I am writing to you because I am conducting a survey with the aim of compiling a collective European view of the implications of Britain leaving the European Union as perceived by all remaining EU countries.

Ireland is at the western extreme of Europe and our nearest neighbours are leaving the European Union; as a result, there are major concerns regarding the implications that this will have on our economy.

It is important that we look at this situation realistically as I believe that the results of this survey will could predict either a stronger EU or the dissolution of the EU in the future.

If you can complete this questionnaire and return it to me at your convenience, I would be very grateful. If you have any queries, I can be contacted by phone, letter or email.


Q1. What country do you live in?

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Q2. What political organisation do you represent?

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Q3. Do you think that Britain were right to leave the EU?
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Q4. Do you think there should be a second opportunity for UK citizens to choose whether they want to stay in the EU or not?

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Q.5 Do you think that Brexit will impact negatively impact the Irish economy?

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Q6. Do you think that Brexit will negatively impact your domestic economy?

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Q7. As Ireland is the only nation sharing a border with Britain, do you there should be a hard border between the two countries?

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Q8. Do you think that we should still have a free trade policy between Britain and the rest of the EU?

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Q9. Do you think taxes, tariffs and other excise duties should be imposed on British products entering the EU?

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Q10. Do you think that Britain will impose taxes, tariffs and excise on EU products entering Britain?

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Q11. Should there be travel restrictions on people entering the EU from Britain?

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Q12. Should there be travel restrictions on people entering Britain from EU?

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Q13. Britain joined the EU in 1973. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being very poor and 10 being exceptional) how would you rate Britain’s performance in the EU to date?

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Q14. Do you see the EU currency (euro) continuing as a currency for Europe?

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Q15. Do you see Europe expanding or contracting over the next ten years?

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Q16. What would you like to see which would be of benefit to your country in the negotiating talks?

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Q17. There are a number of EU agencies in Britain. Has your country targeted any of those agencies with the view of trying to attract those agencies and the associated jobs, technical skills and research to your country?

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Q18. Ireland is almost €200m in debt. We bailed our banks out to save our economy. Do you think that Ireland should be entitled to some debt forgiveness or write-down?

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Q19. What can the EU do to enhance its own standing so that it works better for our citizens and enhances all of our lives?

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Q20. Is there anything else you would like to comment on or highlight in this survey?


I wish to sincerely thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. All responses are to be emailed to All of my contact details are listed above, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries that you may have.


Yours Faithfully,

Councillor Alan Tobin.