The backlash towards the EU’s Syrian refugee policy that first motivated the Brexit has not subsided at all. The results of recent local elections also indicated a palpable shift in support towards parties opposed to taking in refugees, showing that the movement has garnered enough followers and voting power to significantly alter elections and the balance of power in regional politics.
After the departure of Britain, the EU’s balance of power experienced a shake-up with Italy probably taking the UK’s place as the economic power second to Germany in the bloc. As soon as Britain left, the Italians threatened to leave the bloc due to its own greivances. After being bailed out by the EU Central Bank in 2009, Italy has suffered under austerity measures, high unemployment, and a banking crisis requiring more bailouts. Now, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is holding a national referendum on those bailouts, and the failed, Keynesian economic strategy put forth by the Globalists running the EU. The last time somebody ran a referendum against EU policies, the results were poor for Brussels.
A member of the French parliament has also cautioned the EU bureaucrats on the rise of nationalism, referring to it as “euroscepticism” and populism, and that nearly all EU member states are tempted to follow the example set by Britain.
Hungary has been particularly outspoken about refugee policy, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban didn’t mince any words when he threatened to leave the EU over the issue. After EU bureaucrats refused to recognize a referendum against refugees that received support from 98% of Hungarian voters, pro-Brexit Nigel Farage made a fairly damning point.
“More people yesterday voted against migrants quotas than voted originally for Hungary to join the EU, and I’m beginning to think that that perhaps the Brexit vote is having a big knock on effect across the rest of the Europe.”
I would agree with Mr. Farage, as the refugee crisis is now being lumped together with other long-standing grievances, such as austerity measures, into something similar to a nationalist political platform. The leaders of the EU recognize that the Brexit can still become contagious, and how dangerous this is to their globalist policies and their power structures.