‘EU is FINISHED!’ Netherlands tipped to follow UK from bloc as Brussels faces crisis– poll
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Spanish MEP Hermann Tertsch had warned a number of EU member states are becoming more eurosceptic, following the bloc’s attempts to step up the integration. He also warned if officials don’t change their approach “we will have more exits”. Anti-European sentiment has been rising in the Netherlands over recent weeks, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte is determined to avoid a Dutch exit.
The far-right eurosceptic party PVV, led by Geert Wilders, is the second-largest party in the Netherlands, and he has called for a referendum on Dutch membership of the EU, while praising Britain for having the courage to quit the bloc.
Mr Wilders previously stated the EU was fearful of Brexit, as officials don’t want other nations to follow suit and decide to leave the bloc.
Now in the latest Express.co.uk poll, the Netherlands has been tipped to be the next country to leave the EU.
The poll, which ran from 11am until 9pm on Monday March 15, asked: “Which nation do you think will be next to follow the UK and leave the bloc?”
More than a third of those voting (34 percent or 1,232 readers) believe the Netherlands will be the next country to leave the EU.
Just under a quarter (23 percent or 829 readers) have tipped Italy to follow through and create its own “Italexit”, while 10 percent (380 readers) opted for France.
They were followed by Ireland (six percent or 215 readers), Finland (five percent or 178 readers), Germany (three percent or 114 readers), Austria (two percent or 111 readers) and Spain (one percent or 66 readers). Four percent (147 readers) were undecided.
A total of 12 percent (382 readers) specified other countries as being next to leave the EU, including Switzerland and Denmark.
Several Express.co.uk readers warned the possibility of more member states leaving threatens the very existence of the bloc.
One wrote: “The EU is finished. All members will leave.
“Before COVID-19 it could have been saved by major reforms but now… not a hope.
“How is any national leader going to justify EU membership to the population while thousands if not tens of thousands of their citizens are dying because the EU insisted on taking control of vaccine procurement and then screwed it up.
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“While in Brexit Britain the death numbers will have dropped to near zero, with our vaccination program complete before the EU’s program really gets started.
“People are dying, and will continue dying, directly as a result of the EU’s actions… and the EU doesn’t care, and is still making plans to expand its power while its members suffer 27 national disasters because of the EU.”
A second person said: “It doesn’t matter which is first, when one more goes, they all go.
“The EU will fold. It was gonna fold anyway, not least because the Euro will collapse, but the vaccine fiasco has sped it up.”
Another reader added: “Sweden, then Denmark and the Netherlands. Finland would then follow them out and possibly Austria.
“Germany and France WILL NEVER leave the EU. They control it.
“Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Greece, Cyprus and Malta are financially and economically controlled by Germany (err I mean the EU) and they are unable to leave, even if they wanted to.
“Poland, Hungary and the rest of the countries are ‘social welfare’ cases and economically and financially under the thumb of the EU.”
Speaking to CNBC in 2019, the Netherlands’ PVV leader Mr Wilders said: “The EU really does not want one of the children to leave the house, they do not want that.
“They are afraid that, if they allow it, maybe another country would follow.
“Maybe Italy, Holland, France – whatever country that thinks, ‘Well, it might not be such a bad idea: the US saying we will have a lot of trade agreements.'”
Charles-Henri Gallois, president of the Generation Frexit political campaign group in France, is confident the campaign to take his country out of the bloc will be a success – should a referendum on the issue take place.
He said: “France can definitely be the next country to leave the EU and we are working on it with Génération Frexit.
“I think that if we can get a referendum on Frexit, we will win it as we will have a proper debate on the EU, which is not the case in other elections.”
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