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GERMANS DEMAND EU REFERENDUM: Merkel told to not be ‘arrogant’ and hold Brussels vote

ANGELA Merkel is facing a nightmare scenario after a leading German MP said Berlin needs to hold an EU Referendum.

Merkel

Getty    Angela Merkel is facing serious pressure to hold an EU Referendum


Sahra Wagenknecht called for Germany to let the people have their say on whether they want to sever ties with Brussels.

The deputy vice president of Die Linke, the Bundestag’s third main party, said it would be “arrogant” to not trust the electorate with the decision.

Currently, Germany’s constitution does not allow national referendums to take place, except for special exceptions.

She said: “You shouldn’t arrogantly believe that people aren’t capable of forming their own opinion.

“Many British people might have been lied to during the referendum campaign, but this was also a risk during elections.

“If we invalidate all elections in Europe in which the government had previously spoken of doing the opposite, of what they are doing afterwards, then we would have as good as no government left.”

Sahra Wagenknecht

Getty     Sahra Wagenknecht has called for an EU Referendum in Germany


The left-wing politician has already campaigned for referendums for individual EU contracts and the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The German Chancellor has come under increasing pressure to hold an EU Referendum ever since Britain voted to leave the bloc two weeks ago.

But this is the first time anybody from the left has called for the vote.

Far right figures in the Alternative for Germany party promised to call their own vote if they clutch power in the country’s general election in autumn next year.

A party spokesman branded Brussels a “bureaucracy monster”, before adding: “Next year the AfD will enter the German parliament and Dexit will be top on our agenda”.

They called the vote a Dexit – standing for a Deutschland exit from the EU.

Frauke Petry

Getty    German right winger Frauke Petry also called for a referendum


Geert Wilders

Getty     Dutch MP Geert Wilders is pushing for an EU Referendum in the Netherlands


Party leader Frauke Petry, who caused controversy earlier this year when she called on German police to open fire on illegal immigrants, reacted with delight at Britain’s decision to sever ties with Brussels.

She said: “This is the chance for a new Europe, one which maintains partnerships and respected national sovereignties.

“The Great Britain decision to leave the EU is a signal to the Brussels Politburo and its bureaucratic attachments. If the EU does not finally leave its wrong path, and the quasi-socialist experiment of deeper political integration, more European Nations will reclaim their sovereignty the way the British are.”

There has been a major push from several European countries, especially in Scandanavia, for an EU referendum.

Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders reiterated on Monday he will use Britain’s Brexit vote as a platform for the Netherlands to have a similar referendum.

He said: “Nexit is about preventing the Islamisation of my country.”

Despite suffering a resounding defeat in the Dutch parliament last week when he called for a referendum he has pledged to carry on the fight.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/687410/Germany-EU-referendum-Merkel

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