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‘A time bomb’ France and Dutch EU votes expected even if Wilders and Le Pen LOSE

REFERENDUMS on the EU in France and the Netherlands could still happen even if Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen lose out in upcoming elections, an economist has warned.

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EU referendums could still take place if Wilders and Le Pen lose their elections


Both countries are holding their own elections in the next few months with the far-right candidates propelling their parties high up in the opinion polls.

And director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Mark Littlewood, said eurosceptics across the continent are putting so much pressure on mainstream parties that even if they do not win enough of the votes to lead the country, they could still spark widespread referendums.

He said: “There is rising Eurosceptism across Europe and the Eurosceptic parties could trigger referendums, particularly in the Netherlands, France and Italy.

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Wilders will be fighting to become leader of the Netherlands in March


There is rising Eurosceptism across Europe and the Eurosceptic parties could trigger referendums, particularly in the Netherlands, France and Italy

Mark Littlewood

“The public are calling for a in the major EU countries.

“It is going to be harder and harder for governments to resist.”

Mr Littlewood said that the credibility of the EU would be on the line if founding members, including the Netherlands and France, were to leave.

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Marine Le Pen’s ratings have surged in the polls


The economist said that if many other countries leave the bloc then it could be forced to change “unrecognisably”.

He said: “It could become a much looser confederation, more like a council of Europe with less control over so many areas of legal policy.”

In 2013, former Prime Minister David Cameron said that if the Conservatives were to win the next election they would give the British people the choice between staying in the EU or not.

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Experts think that there could be referendums across Europe about EU membership


This came at a time when Ukip, led by Nigel Farage, was riding high in the polls and Mr Cameron felt the pressure to promise the referendum so he could ensure a majority government.

Other European countries will be looking closely at how well the UK does out of the bloc to see whether they should follow suit.

If France and the Netherlands were to leave the European Union, economists believe that German taxpayers could protest at having to pay for the funding shortfall.

Last year, Dutch referendum voters rejected closer EU links to Ukraine giving evidence of Eurosceptic feeling in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Eurosceptics Thierry Baudet and Jan Roos persuaded the Dutch parliament to adopt a law requiring the government to hold a referendum on any law if 300,000 citizens request it.

Mr Wilders is unlikely to garner enough votes to form a government outright, and will need to negotiate a coalition if he is to take power.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/765913/France-Dutch-EU-votes-referendums-Wilders-Marine-Le-Pen-lose

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