Sep 28 2016
First BREXIT, next FREXIT? Brussels insider says France will be the next to leave the European Union
Support for the European Union bloc is declining across many of the 28 member-states with referendums on whether or not to remain in the EU and elections using the issue as part of a party platform opening up across the continent. One Hungarian official has said: “If you are looking for a country to leave, look at France.”
EXPRESS Since Britain voted to leave the EU member states have rushed to deny they will ever quit the bloc. But rumours in Strasbourg suggest the calls to leave are getting louder in some member states.
Hungarian MEP György Schöpflin said there is “no question” Hungary hopes to stay in the Union, despite recent suggestions of other MPs in the country’s parliament. The MEP said support for the bloc is dipping in France. He said: “If you are looking for a country to leave look at France.
“In Hungary support for the European Union is at around 65 per cent – in France it is around 40, and it is low in Italy as well. “We want a European Union that is ready to listen. They are not ready to listen and they are going their own way. “It is very hard to know what things will look like in three years time.
“What I would say is that there is a trend in this direction but there is also a counter trend and what they want is a federal Europe.” A recent Edinburgh university poll showed 53 per cent of French want a referendum on EU membership with 33 per cent already set on leaving and 22 per cent undecided.
In the wake of Brexit, Marine Le Pen took to the airwaves and declared that “I would vote for Brexit, even if I think that France has 1,000 more reasons to leave than the UK”.
French town Beauvais, which sits between Calais and Paris, is overwhelmingly in favour of a Frexit and has been spurred on by Britain voting to leave. Now rumblings in Brussels suggest a Frexit vote could well be on the cards.
Referendums have rocked the EU over the last few months with the British Brexit, the Dutch refusing an EU treaty with Ukraine and the coming votes in Italy and Hungary. While each vote has been on a separate issue, the common consensus is voters are really using the ballot box to make clear their views on the European Union. And, the prognosis for Brussels is not good.