For some levity amongst the heavy news.
I’m not sure how representative the tabloid Express is. Its seems to me it is more or less a voice for UKIP and the Eurosceptics.
80% of Brits would be happy to quit UK for RUSSIA after Putin offers free land
ALMOST eight out of 10 citizens would seriously considering quitting Britain and emigrating to Russia, a poll by Express.co.uk has revealed.
14 May, 2016
Nearly 80% of people who responded for our poll said they were considering moving to Russia.
Disillusioned by life in modern Britain, 78% of more than 22,000 respondents replied “Yes! Bargain” to the question “Would you move to Russia in exchange for free and?”
The revelation came after it was revealed that Russian president Vladimir Putin is offering 2.5 acres of land for free to people willing to move to the country’s Siberian wilderness in a bid to boost the area’s economy.
The scheme has captured the imagination of the British public, many of whom have been seduced by the area’s stunning natural beauty as well as Mr Putin’s no-nonsense leadership style.
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Simon Sharp told Express.co.uk: "As soon as I read about it my wife and I discussed it.
"There's a certain amount of romanticism. The idea of going back to nature in such a remote area. It would be down to us to test our mettle.
"There's also definitely disillusionment with the UK, with British life. We're all subservient, we won't know what's going on."
He also cited "the change in demographics and seeing rural areas change with urbanisation" as reasons for considering the move."
Another respondant to the poll said: “I like Vladimir Putin even more now. Ah, to be 30 years younger. I would be on my way there now.”
Others pointed to the upcoming EU referendum and a possible vote against Brexit as motivation to make the move 500 miles east to ‘the land where ice meets fire.’
One person said: “It would be a lot better then living under Cameron's and Corbyn’s EU law.”
Another added: “Thank you for your kind offer Mr Putin, if we do not get out of the EU many may be taking up your offer in the future.”
YouTube A still from a promotional video produced by the Russian government about the and scheme
Mr Putin is also seen as an attractive president for British citizens to live under – and his approval ratings are soaring - a stark contrast to leaders in Britain.
While fewer than 35 percent of people support Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Putin commands an 82 percent approval rating in Russia - the highest it has ever been.
GETTY Despite Siberia's stunning natural beauty, some people were put off by having bears as neighbours
However, not everyone saw the proposal as an attractive prospect. Many blanched at the temperatures, which can drop to -47 degrees celsius, or found the dual threat of clouds of mosquitoes in summer or hungry bears in winter a little too much.
Regardless, the Russian Embassy has confirmed to Express.co.uk that “a number of British people have already expressed interest in the project.”