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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,[5] the Socialist Party, 50PLUS and Forum for Democracy.[6][7]


Public opinionEdit

Date(s) conducted Conducted by Remain Leave Undecided Lead Sample
11–13 September 2018 Ipsos 55% 21% 24% 34% 1,017
6 March–7 April 2017 Pew Research 80% 18% 2% 62% 1,006
5–7 July 2016 EenVandaag 53% 39% 8% 14% 25,681
23 June 2016 The United Kingdom votes to leave the EU.
10–20 June 2016 EenVandaag 45% 48% 7% 3% 27,000
27–31 May 2016 TNS Public Affairs 49% 22% 18% 27% 981
4–7 March 2016 I&O Research 67% 22% 11% 45% 2,510

See alsoEdit


  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.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Kees Pieters. "Zo denkt politiek Den Haag over een NEXIT-referendum". Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  7. ^ "Forum voor Democratie". Retrieved 2017-02-23.

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