Dutch anti-EU party now most popular in the country

If you want to see how the future of European politics is likely to unfold, just look at the Netherlands where an anti-EU party that only formed in 2016 now leads in the polls as the country’s most popular political party. Quite incredible.

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The Forum for Democracy (FVD) only secured 1.8% of the vote and 2 seats at the 2017 election.

But the latest poll for Peil now shows the party in first place, currently on course to win 26 seats.

Last week, the pro-Nexit party performed phenomenally well in the provincial elections, defying all expectations.

On the night of the election success, Party Leader Thierry Baudet hit out at his country’s migration policy, saying: “Successive Rutte governments have left our borders wide open, letting in hundreds of thousands of people with cultures completely different to ours.”

Baudet is a committed Eurosceptic, recently saying: “I am ideologically against the EU, against the internal market, against the open borders, against the Euro, against the whole thing.”

On the party’s website, they clearly push for an EU exit as well. “It is time to stop the monetary union and open borders, and then leave the EU,” the policy page reads.

And concludes: ”The EU, the open borders and the Euro: we have to get rid of that.”

The monumental rise of the FVD makes Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte look rather silly after he recently attacked Brexit, saying: “Who will leave weakened Brexit is United Kingdom.

“It is already weakening, it is a waning country compared to two or three years ago. It is going to become an economy of intermediate size in a place of the Atlantic Ocean.

“It is neither the US nor the EU. It is too small to appear on the world stage on its own.”

Instead where Brexit Britain leads, the Netherlands may follow.

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