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Majority Of Hungarians Dislike Brexit And Prefer To Stay In EU, Survey Shows

By Tamás Székely // 2016.07.01.

Sixty percent of Hungarians considered the decision by Britons to leave the EU unfavourable to Hungary and 64% disliked the idea of Hungary to follow suit, a survey released by Nézőpont Institute showed.

The phone survey conducted right after the UK referendum last weekend with a sample of 1,000 people showed that only 12% said Brexit was the right decision and 28% were unable or did not want to state an opinion. The least concerned among respondents with a party affiliation over Brexit were supporters of radical nationalist Jobbik, of whom 23% said Britons made the right decision. Most concerned were supporters of green opposition LMP of whom 96% disliked the referendum’s outcome, followed by the leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) with 89% of their supporters stating the same opinion.

Meanwhile the British ambassador to Budapest said Hungarian citizens working in the UK have no reason to be worried about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Iain Lindsay told public Kossuth radio that Brexit would have no immediate effect on foreign nationals in the UK. The ambassador noted that the UK and the EU have two years to complete the divorce process and since the two sides will not begin the exit talks until the autumn, it is unlikely that any formal change will happen for another two and a half years.

Iain Lindsay said British companies doing business in Hungary will stay in the market. Although Brexit will alter Hungary and Britain’s relationship, the essence of that relationship will not change, Lindsay said. British companies employ about 55,000 people in Hungary. The ambassador said he appreciated the sympathy he received from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó after his country’s referendum.

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