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Dutch withdrawal from the European Union

A hypotheticised Dutch withdrawal from the European Union, sometimes referred to as a "Nexit" (based on "Brexit", the common name for a British withdrawal from the European Union), [1] is a proposal with limited support in the Netherlands.

A poll by the Pew Research Center in June 2016, before the British referendum, found the Dutch to have a 46% negative view of the European Union, but over 51% of their population found to have a positive view towards it.[2] Another poll, by in the aftermath of the British vote, found 50% of the Dutch population to be against a similar referendum in their country and 46% to favour remaining in the union (compared to 43% against).[1]

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the possibility of a referendum "utterly irresponsible".[1] The most popular party to advocate it is the right-wing populist[3][4] Party for Freedom; its leader Geert Wilders made it a key issue in their manifesto for the 2017 general election, where his party initially led the polls but ended up as a distant second behind the pro-EU VVD.[1] Other parties believing in EU withdrawal or holding a referendum include: VoorNederland, The Libertarian Party, SP, 50PLUS[5] and Forum voor Democratie.[6][7][8]

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  1. ^ a b c d Lyons, Kate (27 June 2016). "Frexit, Nexit or Oexit? Who will be next to leave the EU". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Euroscepticism on rise in Europe, poll suggests". BBC News. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Pauwels, Teun (2014). Populism in Western Europe: Comparing Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. Routledge. pp. 117–118. ISBN 9781317653912. 
  4. ^ Merijn Oudenampsen (2013). "Explaining the Swing to the Right: The Dutch Debate on the Rise of Right-Wing Populism". In Ruth Wodak, Majid KhosraviNik, Brigitte Mral. Right-Wing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse. A&C Black. p. 191.
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  7. ^ "Forum voor Democratie". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  8. ^ . The Australian Retrieved 2017-02-23.  Missing or empty |title= (help)(subscription required)

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