With four months to the Brexit vote, EU referenda seem to be getting more and more popular in Europe. Open Europe reports:
Czech President Milos Zeman yesterday voiced support for a potential referendum on EU exit in the country, arguing, “I’m on the side of those who are against a [Czech] EU exit, but I also oppose those who want to prevent citizens from voting on this issue.”
Anti-Brussels referenda are in the air: the Netherlands, where euroskeptics have done well in both polls and the last round of EU parliamentary elections, are holding a non-binding one on the EU’s association agreement with Ukraine. In Hungary, Viktor Orban has called for a referendum on the mandatory refugee redistribution quota—which are in theory already binding under EU law.
One of many fears haunting Brussels these days is that, since the Brits got a better deal by threatening to quit, what’s to stop other countries from coming to the table with demands for concessions?