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In an opinion poll of 2,000 people conducted this month by The Independent, a majority have responded that they want the UK to exit the European Union (EU) in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

The ORB survey states that 52% respondents want an exit from the EU while 48% want to stay.

Anti-EU leaders like the UK Independence Party chief Nigel Farage argue that the influx of immigrants is the major reason for increase in terrorism.

"Immigration is central to Euroscepticism in Britain," said Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at Kent University.

The surveys carried in June, July and August had a majority vying to stay while 45% wanted to quit.

The public opinion started swaying towards an exit since the extensive media coverage about the migrant crisis, resulting in 47% people last month wanting to leave the European Union.

The support given to France by British, pro-EU campaigners believe, will help persuade citizens to vote for staying in the EU.

Majority of those in the age group 18-24 wanted to stay in the EU. The scepticism about the current situation rose with the increase in age. Only 38% of those aged 65 and over wanted to remain and 62% were in favour of leaving, reports The Independent.

A referendum on the UK staying in the 28-nation bloc will take place at the end of 2017, reports Reuters.

Those in favour of remaining in the EU fear those campaigning for an exit have bigger financial kitty, such as hedge funds, available to them, as they are opposed to financial regulations imposed by the EU.