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Spanish MEP Hermann Tertsch has said several EU states are becoming more Eurosceptic, following the bloc’s attempts to step up the integration. The European warned if officials don’t change their approach “we will have more exits”.
Mr Tertsch told Express.co.uk: “The lefties in the EU are in a hurry because they know Europe is changing.
“If you see the attitude of the Dutch, Austrians and Finnish, they are slowly but surely adopting a position inside the European Union that is very similar to the position the UK has had in the last 10 years before they quit.
“If things don’t change, if the majority doesn’t get a little bit of sense for the real feelings of the people in Europe, I think we will have more exits and not very far in time.
“We will have more exits and everybody will have to reconsider.
“There is no way of bringing to a successful state of equilibrium with the plans they have for a big European state.
“It won’t happen because the national forces are really growing in an opposite direction.”
Anti-European sentiment has been rising in the Netherlands of late, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte determined to avoid a Dutch exit.
The far-right eurosceptic party PVV, led by Geert Wilders, is the second largest party in the Netherlands.
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Mr Wilders has called for a referendum on Dutch membership of the EU and praised Britain for having the courage to quit the bloc.
He previously stated the EU was fearful of Brexit, as officials don’t want other nations to follow suit and decide to leave the bloc.
Speaking to CNBC in 2019, Mr Wilders said: “The EU really does not want one of the children to leave the house, they do not want that.
“They are afraid that, if they allow it, maybe another country would follow.
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“Maybe Italy, Holland, France – whatever country that thinks, ‘Well, it might not be such a bad idea: the US saying we will have a lot of trade agreements.'”
A third party, Forum for Democracy, is also anti-EU and gaining traction across the country.
Anti-EU sentiment has also grown markedly in Austria, with right-wing politicians calling for a referendum on EU membership.
Though Finland was named as one of the country’s that could quit the bloc by Mr Tertsch, recent polling suggests support for Fixit is at an all-time low.
Other EU nations with increasingly vocal stances against the bloc include France and Italy.
Charles-Henri Gallois, president of the Generation Frexit political campaign group, is confident the campaign to take France out of the bloc will be a success – should a referendum on the issue take place.
At the beginning of the year, he said: “France can definitely be the next country to leave the EU and we are working on it with Génération Frexit.
“I think that if we can get a referendum on Frexit, we will win it as we will have a proper debate on the EU, which is not the case in other elections.”
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