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With the United Kingdom voting to ‘Brexit’ the European Union, there are concerns that the decision will create a domino effect among other members of the politico-economic union following suit.
Not that all of England is accepting the inevitable.
A petition demanding a second referendum on leaving the EU had raised over 1.5 million signatures and Scotland, which voted decisively against exiting, is threatening to declare independence from the U.K..
And some in London are advocating for secession.
A petition has been launched calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare the city’s independence so it can rejoin the EU.
“London is an international city, and we want to remain at the heart of Europe,” petition creator James O’Malley said, according to IJ Review. “Let’s face it – the rest of the country disagrees. So rather than passive aggressively vote against each other at every election, let’s make the divorce official and move in with our friends on the continent.”
But others across Europe are looking at the possibility of holding their own referendums on leaving the EU, which prompted a rash of catchy abbreviations along the lines of “Brexit,” as seen here:
Brexit. Grexit. Departugal. Italeave. Fruckoff. Czechout. Oustria. Finish. Slovakout. Latervia. Byegium.
— Rahul Goma Phulore (@missingfaktor) June 21, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed concerns about France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland and Hungary exiting the EU and IJ Review offered up a few snazzy abbreviations of its own, along with a brief explanation:
Marine Le Pen, who leads the National Front – the conservative national party in France, has already stated that if she’s successful in her bid for the presidency, she will hold a French referendum regarding continued participation in the EU.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party has called for reform within the EU: “The conclusion is obvious. We need a new European treaty. We need a positive reaction, and not persistent movement in the same direction, a direction which has led to crisis.”
Since the Dutch voters came out overwhelmingly against the EU treaty with Ukraine, many have floated the possibility that the Netherlands might be next to leave the Union.
According to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, “Brexit” was a warning;
“Brussels must hear the voice of the people, this is the biggest lesson from this decision. But Europe is strong only if it can give answers to major issues such as immigration that would strengthen Europe itself and not weaken it. The EU failed to give these answers.”
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