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