Key points

  • 87% of those asked thought that when Britain leaves the EU, staff from the EU should be allowed to stay.
  • Just 1 in 10 (11%) thought that they should not be allowed to stay, while 2% where unsure.

In the lead up to the 2017 General Election we teamed up with Ipsos MORI to conduct a survey of the British public. It focused on their views about funding of the NHS, as well as the provision of NHS and social care services. 1,985 adults aged 15 and over in Great Britain were interviewed between 5 and 15 May 2017 in respondents’ homes.

With negotiations on the UK leaving the EU due to begin next month, the rights of EU citizens in the UK have been a matter of political and public debate. We asked the public whether they think that when Britain leaves the EU, NHS and social care workers who are from the EU should or should not be allowed to stay in the UK.

The vast majority (87%) of the public supported workers being allowed to stay, while just one in 10 (11%) thought they should not be allowed to stay. The remaining 2% didn’t know.

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