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The end of Europe: Dutch and Czechs consider exit

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Britain is not the only one that wants to exit the EU. It was revealed that both Dutch and Czechs are also considering the exit from the EU.

With Britons due to decide on June 23 whether to exit the EU or remain tied to Brussels, there are growing signs other voters across the continent are craving their own chance to leave the crisis-stricken union.

In a new opinion poll in the Netherlands, a majority of voters said they backed the country having its own in/out referendum on EU membership, similar to the UK vote.

And Czech Republic prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka has warned if Britons do decide to leave the EU, a ‘Czexit’ could follow.

In the Dutch poll, more than half (53 per cent) supported an in/out vote with 44 per cent opposed and four per cent unsure.

In the survey, conducted by pollster and entrepreneur Maurice de Hond, voters were also asked how they would vote in such an in/out referendum.

Only slightly more (44 per cent) wanted to remain in the EU than those who said they would opt to leave the bloc (43 per cent), while 13 per cent said they ‘didn’t know’.

Interestingly, more Dutch voters (48 per cent) said they didn’t want Britain to exit the EU this summer than wanted their own country to stay in the bloc.

Mr Sobotka said: “If Britain leaves the EU, we can expect debates about leaving the EU in a few years too.”

Mr Sobotka also warned a ‘Czexit’ could trigger an economic downturn and return the country to Russia and Vladimir Putin’s sphere of influence.

In a poll conducted among Czech voters in October last year, three-fifths of Czechs said they were unhappy with EU membership while 62 per cent said they would vote against remaining amember state in a referendum.

Serbia’s prime minister Aleksandar Vucic also voiced disillusionment with Brussels this week.

The politician, whose country isn’t yet a full member of the EU but is a candidate for membership, claimed being part of the bloc had lost its “magic power”.

He added: “When you see that in Britain at least 50 percent of the people say they want to leave [the EU] that has an effect on the public.”

Following David Cameron’s completion of his EU renegotiation last week and the announcement of the date of Britain’s referendum, other member states have warned of the ‘domino effect’ of Brexit causing other countries to quit the bloc.



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