Brexit may lead to Czexit

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Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (2-L) welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron (2-R) before their talks in Prague, Czech Republic, 22 January 2016.

Czech Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka told the country’s news agency that Brexit consequences “could be really gigantic.”


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If there is a Brexit, then debates on EU exit will surely take place in the Czech Republic, Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic told the CTK news agency.

British daily, The Telegraph, and Sputnik website reported that Sobotka told the news agency on February 20: “The results of this step [Brexit] could be really gigantic…In this case, we can expect debates on EU exit here in a couple of years.”

The Telegraph, cited an October 2015 poll by STEM agency which reported that most of the Czechs are unhappy with their country’s EU membership and 62 percent said they would vote for a Czexit in case of a referendum, similar with the British one.

Sobotka, who is the President of the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) said that if the Czech Republic leaves the EU, then it will develop ties with Russia and therefore his government must advertise the positive effects of the EU Membership in the Czech Republic to turn the public opinion in favor of the EU.

A Czexit “would be an absolute negation of the developments after 1989,” the Czech PM said, referring to the revolution of Czechoslovakia that threw off Soviet rule.

Yesterday, Telegraph reported that Aleksander Vucic, the Serbian Prime Minister also said that the EU membership is no longer the “big dream it was in the past” for Balkan states. “The EU that all of us are aspiring to, it has lost its magic power,” Vucic told a conference at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. “Yes we all want to join, but it is no longer the big dream it was in the past. When you see that in Britain at least 50 percent of the people say they want to leave that has an effect on the public,” the Serbian PM said.

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