This morning, the United Kingdom made the historic decision to leave the EU legitimising Eurosceptic movements across the continent and sparking fears of a ‘domino effect’.
All across Europe, far-right groups and Eurosceptics are celebrating Britain’s choice to leave the EU and demanding their own referendums, threatening not only the stability of Europe but the very existence of the UK.
Speaking after all 32 local authorities delivered a vote to Remain in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon said:
Scotland has delivered a strong, unequivocal vote to remain in the EU, and I welcome that endorsement of our European status.
The vote here makes it clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union.
This divide between Scotland and the majority of the UK constitutes a ‘significant and material’ change in circumstances which could well trigger a second vote on Scottish independence.
Sturgeon says she will work with Sadiq Khan to keep Scotland and London inside the EU – urgent meetings with Commission called for tomorrow.
— Kate McCann (@KateEMcCann) June 24, 2016
Sturgeon also said she and London Mayor Sadiq Khan share the same view about their areas remaining in the EU:
I have also spoken this morning with Sadiq Khan and he is clear that he shares this objective for London, so there is clear common cause between us.
It’s fair to say that if London, the capital and powerhouse of our economy, were somehow to remain a part of the EU the effects are, well, incomprehensible.
And now, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for a border poll on a united Ireland following a vote which saw an overwhelming majority favouring the Remain campaign, reports The Independent.
Die Briten haben mit ihrer souveränen Entscheidung Europa einen großen Dienst erwiesen. Wir freuen uns auf gute Nachbarschaft! #Brexit
— Beatrix von Storch (@Beatrix_vStorch) June 24, 2016
Already, Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch far-right, has called for a referendum on the Netherlands’ membership of the European Union and the French National Front (FNF) has demanded a ‘Frexit’ referendum.
FNF leader Marine Le Pen tweeted: ‘Victory for freedom!’ and displayed the British flag on her Twitter page saying: “We now need to hold the same referendum in France and in (other) EU countries.”
Meanwhile, RT Today reports that a survey found that 40 per cent of Austrians want their own ‘Auxit’ referendum.
The leader of Austria’s EU Exit Party, Robert Marschall stated in an interview:
We need a referendum similar to the referendum in Great Britain, so the people of Austria can decide.
There are also calls in other European nations among Euroskeptical politicians and pressure groups to prepare their own EU-exits in light of the British referendum.
— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) June 24, 2016
Beatrix von Storch, a German MEP for right-wing populist party ‘Alternative für Deutschland’, has claimed today is a ‘historic day’ before declaring: “The European Union as a political union has failed.”
Meanwhile, Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s far-right Northern League party, who’ve campaigned against immigration and the EU, celebrated the Brexit, saying ‘now it’s our turn’.
A poll conducted by Ipsos Mori showed 58 per cent of Italians wanted a vote on the EU.
Evviva il coraggio dei liberi cittadini!
Cuore, testa e orgoglio battono bugie, minacce e ricatti.
GRAZIE UK, ora tocca a noi. #Brexit
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) June 24, 2016
While the demands are easy to dismiss right now, they show a growing distrust of the European Union across the continent, and many of these groups are expected to make gains in the next wave of elections.
Le Pen of the FNF is expected to reach the final round of next year’s French presidential election and has said previously that if she won there would be a ‘Frexit’ referendum within six months.