Pro-Nexit party makes big gains in Dutch elections

An anti-EU party that wants the Netherlands to leave the European Union were the big winners of provincial elections in the Netherlands last night.

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The FVD (Forum for Democracy) have seen a surge in support according to preliminary results and exit polling and the new party could become joint-largest in the Senate.

Party Leader Thierry Baudet has been compared to Donald Trump, putting forward a ‘Dutch first’ approach that appears to have huge momentum.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s governing VVD are forecast to win 12 seats in the 75-member Senate, with the anti-EU Forum for Democracy also forecast to take a dozen seats.

Ironically, Rutte had recently attacked Brexit, telling Spanish media: “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.”

In comments overnight, AFP report that the FVD’s Thierry Baudet has said: “We are being destroyed by the people who are supposed to be protecting us.”

And that: “Successive Rutte governments have left our borders wide open, letting in hundreds of thousands of people with cultures completely different to ours.”

Following the suspected terror attack in Utrecht just days before the vote, Baudet had said: “This is a combination of an honour killing and a half-terrorist motive.”

The party is clearly anti-EU: on its website it calls for a referendum on EU membership and says: “It is time to stop the monetary union and open borders, and then leave the EU.”

They conclude:”Th e EU, the open borders and the euro: we have to get rid of that.”

Where Brexit Britain leads, many others could follow.

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