The Prime Minister of Slovakia has called for an end to referendums on membership in the European Union, citing the risk they pose to the stability of the Euro and very existence of the EU itself.
Robert Fico, the current Prime Minister of Slovakia, expressed concern for the stability of the European Union in light of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the body and the fall of globalist Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi following the defeat of his proposed referendum aimed at consolidating power at the expense of the Senate and regional governmental bodies.
“I am asking EU leaders to stop with adventures like the British and Italian referendums … on domestic issues which pose a threat to the EU,” he said after Slovakia handed the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union to Malta on January 1. “Britain is not a Eurozone country, Italy has a huge impact on the banking sector, the euro.”
“What will we do if … there is a referendum in Italy on the euro and Italian citizens decide they don’t want the euro?”
Matthew Goodwin, an associate professor at the University of Nottingham, said the results of Brexit and the referendum in Italy were disconcerting for the global elite.
“The responses that the people have given were uncomfortable for the elites in the EU. As a consequence, they are now calling for those referendums to be stopped,” he said during an interview with RT.“The EU in itself is suffering from the lack of legitimacy at the grassroots among ordinary voters. The EU is now feeling this challenge in a very real sense.
“Of course, we have these big elections coming up where we’ll likely see those calls for referendums increase.”
The big elections Goodwin referred to are set to take place later this year in the Netherlands, France, and Germany.
Geert Wilders, head of the right-wing Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), has pledged to hold a referendum on continued EU membership should his party win Dutch Parliamentary elections set for March 16.
“The EU leaves us no freedom to determine our own immigration and asylum laws. Nexit is necessary,” he said.
In France, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen is all but certain to move on to the second round of voting in the presidential election set for May 7. Following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the United States, Le Pen has indicated a referendum on French membership in the EU will be a top priority.
“Frexit will be a part of my policy. The people must have the opportunity to vote for the liberation from technocrats in Brussels,” she said back in December.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the last major head-of-state advocating a unified EU, faces growing discontent among German voters and a rising populist movement in the form of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which recently defeated Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in several local elections.
German Federal elections are set to take place in September or October.