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Far-Right Politicians Call For Exit Votes Across Europe After UK Decides To Leave The EU

“Victory for freedom," Marine Le Pen said. "Just as I’ve been calling for years, we must have the same referendum in France and across EU member states."

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Far-right European politicians and populist leaders are celebrating as they wake up to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union.

Despite succession of polls suggesting that Britain would remain in the EU, it became clear by dawn that voters had taken the unprecedented decision to leave.

Now far-right politicians across Europe are hoping to build on momentum created by the UK vote to call for their own countries to have in/out referendums.


Marion Maréchal Le Pen, Marine's niece and one of two FN MPs, said: "Victory!"

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Geert Wilders, the Dutch leader of the anti-immigration Party for Freedom, called for a referendum in the Netherlands.

Congratulations Britain! Congratulations @Nigel_Farage

In a statement posted on his website, Wilders said: “We want be in charge of our own country, our own money, our own borders, and our own immigration policy.

"If I become prime minister, there will be a referendum in the Netherlands on leaving the European Union as well. Let the Dutch people decide.”

Their calls come after an early-morning victory speech on Friday by UKIP leader Nigel Farage in which he said other EU member states should follow Britain's example and leave the EU.

“I hope this victory brings down this failed project," he said, "and leads us to a Europe of sovereign nation states trading together, being friends together, cooperating together – and let’s get rid of the flag, the anthem, Brussels and all that has gone wrong."

In Germany , Beatrix von Storch, an MEP for far rightwing party Alternative für Deutschland, welcome the news of Britain's exit from the EU as "a great service."

Die Briten haben mit ihrer souveränen Entscheidung Europa einen großen Dienst erwiesen. Wir freuen uns auf gute Nachbarschaft! #Brexit

“The Brits have done Europe a great service with their confident decision. We’re looking forward to good neighbourly relations.”

The leader of Italy's Lega Nord - an anti-immigrant far right party - praised the "courage" of Britons who voted leave and suggested Italy should do the same.

Evviva il coraggio dei liberi cittadini! Cuore, testa e orgoglio battono bugie, minacce e ricatti. GRAZIE UK, ora tocca a noi. #Brexit

“Hurrah for the courage of free citizens! Heart, head and pride beat lies, threats and blackmail. THANKS UK, now it’s our turn.”

Norbert Hofer, previous Austrian presidential candidate and member of the populist right wing Freedom party, also tweeted his approval of the decision.

#Brexit UK VOTES TO LEAVE! Wir werden erst in den nächsten Tagen die volle Tragweite dieser Entscheidung erkennen.

" UK VOTES TO LEAVE! We will only recognize the full implications of this decision in the next few days."

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rachael Krishna at rachael.krishna@buzzfeed.com.

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