Nigel Farage visits the Netherlands before a referendum over a Ukraine trade agreement is held
The leader of Britain's UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage said on Monday that a Dutch vote against an EU treaty with Ukraine would give a boost to the Brexit camp.
The comments from the UKIP leader come less than three months from a British referendum on quitting the 28-nation bloc.
On Wednesday voters in the Netherlands go to the polls in a referendum that is formally about the treaty, but that activists present as an opportunity to cast a vote against European integration.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on a visit to the Netherlands that a Dutch 'No' would embolden British voters who believed they were alone in Europe in holding eurosceptic views.
"I hope very much that you do the right thing in this country on Wednesday [day of Dutch referendum on Ukraine trade treaty], whatever that may be. And if you do, I tell you what, you'll give me a hell of a lot of assistance for June the 23rd when something epoch-shattering is going to happen. Thank you."
The Dutch vote was triggered after a satirical website collected enough signatures to call a referendum on the treaty, a broad trade, political and defence agreement which grants Ukraine access to EU markets in exchange for ramped up reform efforts in the country.
Dutch politicians have warned that a rejection of the treaty would hand a symbolic victory to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been fueling a war in Ukraine since 2014 and is widely blamed in the Netherlands for the downing of flight MH17 and the loss of almost 200 Dutch lives.