: Reuters: Slovakian far right party launches petition for referendum on EU membership

15:30 Jun. 25, 2016

Reuters: Slovakian far right party launches petition for referendum on EU membership

The main square in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia with town hall in background (Getty Images)

In the 2003 vote on Slovakia's EU membership 92.5 % voted in favor of joining the bloc

Slovakia's far right People's Party launched a petition for a referendum on the country's EU membership on Saturday, the latest state to see a challenge following Britain's vote to leave the bloc.

Right-wing and anti-immigrant parties in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and France have demanded referendums on membership of the union, while Italy's 5-Star movement said it would pursue its own proposal for a vote on the euro.

In Slovakia, which takes over the European Union's rotating six-month presidency in July, the anti-immigration, anti-euro People's Party-Our Slovakia shocked many in a March election when it won 8 percent of the vote, or almost 210,000 votes, to enter parliament for the first time.

"Citizens of Great Britain have decided to refuse the diktat from Brussels. It is high time for Slovakia to leave the sinking European 'Titanic' as well," the party said on its website.

Slovak law requires a petition to receive 350,000 signatures from the country of 5.4 million for a referendum to be held. The results of a referendum are legally binding if the turnout exceeds 50 percent of all eligible voters.

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