London: UK is increasingly becoming a Euro-sceptic country, with 51 percent of Brits wanting to leave the European Union (EU), according to a survey.
A latest poll showed 51 percent of respondents want to get out of Europe, against just 40 percent who want to stay in.
The survey represents a massive turnaround on a decade ago, when a similar poll found that Brits wanted to stay in Europe by a margin of 68 percent to 19 percent, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
Euro-scepticism has also hardened since the pollsters last asked the same question just over a year ago when 49 percent wanted to leave, against 40 percent who wanted to remain in the EU.
According to the report, the finding follows months of crisis in the eurozone, including fears over the collapse of the single currency.
Support for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is at its strongest for years, with the anti-Europe party overtaking the Liberal Democrats in the polls and coming second in the recent Rotherham by-election.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is to make a long-anticipated speech setting out his vision for the UK's relationship with Europe.
Cameron is expected to announce that he will include a pledge in the Tory manifesto to hold a referendum on whether voters want to maintain the status quo, or see powers repatriated from Brussels.
He has faced calls from backbenchers to hold a simple in-out referendum on the EU, the report said.
"This poll is really significant. We are now seeing a majority wanting to quit," Douglas Carswell, Tory MP for Clacton, said.
The ICM poll for The Guardian showed opponents of the European ideal are particularly determined to leave. Some 36 percent said they would definitely vote to pull Britain out, against just 22 percent who want to stay in.
That compares with 18 percent who say they would probably want to stay in, and 15 percent who would probably want to get out. Another 9 percent did not know.
When split along party lines, there is a clear majority among Tory voters in favour of pulling out. The poll shows that 57 percent of Conservatives want to leave the EU, compared with 44 percent of Labour voters.
First Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012, 17:55