With Britain leaving the EU, it has prompted the question, will other states leave the European Union? This can be speculated through the result of upcoming elections in EU member states.
Over the past few years we have seen the rise of right wing anti-EU political parties, and if these parties gain power, then it could have serious implications for the European Union.
The rise in support for the UK Independence Party led to Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron calling a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU in what some call an attempt to gain back voters who had fled to UKIP, this resulted in Brexit and his resignation. Brexit could inspire these other Eurosceptic parties to push for similar action.
The March elections in the Netherlands have seen alot of far-right candidate Geert Wilders, who holds views against Islam, immigration and the EU. If he wins the elections then we could see the Netherlands take steps towards leaving the EU. The same can be said in France, where they are due to hold a Presidential election in April and far-right candidate Marine La Pen has been gaining publicity, she holds similar anti-EU views to Wilders and if she becomes France’s next president then France may also take steps towards leaving the European Union. Just after the Brexit vote La Pen congratulated the UK on it’s decision and said that it led the way for other Eurosceptics across Europe.
“It’s a very strong signal, it shows there is at least one way of finding the keys to the jail…Because we have been told it’s impossible to leave the EU and the UK has just demonstrated that when people want it you can set up the conditions to exit the EU. So thank you for showing us the way out from this huge prison which is the EU.”-Marine La Pen