Legal profession poll: 75% want United Kingdom to stay in EU
Survey of 1,000 lawyers and law students shows massive opposition to Brexit
The overwhelming majority of the legal profession wants to remain within the EU — but there is notably more willingness to countenance a Brexit among barristers than solicitors.
Legal Cheek‘s survey of over 1,000 lawyers and law students has shown that overall 75.22% (753) want to stay in the EU and 24.78% (248) want to leave.
Overall results: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
Law students are the most Europhile, with 80.65% backing a remain vote on 23 June.
Barristers, meanwhile, are the most inclined to back a Brexit — 65% want to stay and 35% want to go.
And solicitors are somewhere in between, with 75.27% favouring a continuation of the UK’s current European Union membership.
The preferences of trainee solicitors and pupil barristers were similar, so we have lumped them into a single group: 75.93% are pro-remain and 24.07% pro-Brexit
Other groups which answered in smaller numbers — and so were excluded from the headline findings — include judges (60% remain), paralegals (83% remain) and legal apprentices (50% remain).
Source: Legal Cheek