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Poll: Brexit Could Spark Wave Of Anti-EU Referendums Across Europe

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Guy Bentley Research Associate, Reason Foundation

If the UK voted to leave the European Union, then a wave of countries could follow Britain’s example.

In a poll released by YouGov Friday, all seven of the EU countries surveyed thought there would be more exits from the EU following Britain’s departure.

The EU will vote on Brexit June 23. Two of the last three opinion polls put the pro-Brexit side ahead by two percentage points. A YouGov poll published Thursday showed both sides neck and neck. (RELATED: What is Brexit? Everything You Need To Know About Britain’s EU Referendum)

“The European Union referendum campaign is in full swing with three weeks to go until Brits go to the polls. The consensus amongst mainstream European leaders and institutions is that a Brexit would be damaging to the UK and Europe as a whole. Whilst anti-EU parties across Europe hope that a Brexit could breathe life into their own campaigns for independence,” writes YouGov’s Luke Chambers. (RELATED: Poll Shows Economists Overwhelmingly Agree On Effect Of Brexit)

Likelihood of more exists post-Brexit

Likelihood of more exists post-Brexit (Credit: YouGov)

“A majority of the population in every country polled except Finland – and a tendency even in Finland – believe it is likely more countries will choose to leave the EU in the event of a Brexit. Swedes (69 percent) are the most likely to think other EU countries will follow the UK out the EU, closely followed by the Danes (66 percent),” said Chambers.

Not all EU citizens, however, are set against Brexit.  A majority of French people support a vote for Brexit and according to a poll in the French newspaper Le Figaro.

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