Several leading politicians in European Union countries want their own referendums after the United Kingdom’s decision to leave Thursday.
Eurosceptic parties in France and the Netherlands immediately expressed their support for exit votes after Brexit became a reality. Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch nationalist Party for Freedom (PVV), promised a “Nexit” vote Friday if he becomes prime minister in next year’s election.
PVV is leading in polls and 54 percent of Dutch are in favor of the country seceding from the EU.
“We are about the only party that would welcome that. That says something about the representatives of parliament,” Wilders told BNR Friday. “I previously called it a patriotic spring. The rediscovery of the national identity, the nation where people get back in control of their own identity, borders and immigration.”
French National Front leader Marine Le Pen has pushed for referendums in every member state throughout the spring. Support for a “Frexit” stands at 61 percent — according to a Pew Research poll — the second-highest after Greece at 71 percent.
“The freedom of the people always ends up winning! Bravo United Kingdom,” Le Pen told RTL radio Friday. “Now it’s our turn!”
Polls in the Czech Republic, Denmark and Sweden also show support for EU departure. The Scandinavian countries have been Britain’s closest allies on policy issues in the European Parliament, and they anticipate a tough road ahead.
“Well, if they can leave, maybe we should also have referendums, and maybe we should also leave,” Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told BBC in a recent interview.
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