Wednesday, January 26

Who’s next to leave the EU after Brexit


 

 

After Britain voted to leave the EU, we look at which European countries want to hold their own EU referendum.

Mr Wilders also promised to do all he can to hold a referendum on Netherlands’ membership of the EU following June’s historic Brexit vote.

Sybrand van Haersma Buma, leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party, branded Mr Wilders’ plans “utterly bizarre and unbelievable”.

He added: “The programme will further polarise Dutch society.”

Mr Wilders last month said he was “proud” of his tough stance on Islam after claiming the Netherlands “can’t take any more” refugees from Syria and Iraq.

The outspoken leader added: “I also don’t have a problem with people from Slovakia and Lithuania. But I do have a problem with immigration from Islamic countries.

“The EU leaves us no freedom to determine our own immigration and asylum laws. That’s why leaving the EU is necessary.”

The PVV was unofficially part of the first Rutte cabinet from October 2010 until November 2012.

It gave critical parliamentarian support to help the Liberal and CDA coalition get a majority in the House of Representatives.

But the PVV could struggle to form a coalition if it wins next year’s election because other parties are currently reluctant to work with Mr Wilders.