Dutch withdrawal from the European Union

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Location of The Netherlands in the European Union

Dutch withdrawal from the European Union (colloquially "Nexit", a portmanteau of "Netherlands" and "exit") refers to the hypothesis that the Netherlands might withdraw from the European Union.[1] The most recent opinion poll on the subject, in June 2020, showed a 3:1 majority against withdrawal.

Political initiatives[edit]

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the possibility of a referendum "utterly irresponsible" and dangerous to the country.[1] Political parties that are Eurosceptic or calling for a referendum on European Union membership are the right-wing populist[2][3] Party for Freedom, Forum for Democracy,[4] as well as the Libertarian Party and 50PLUS.[5]

Public opinion[edit]

Date(s) conducted Polling Firm Sample Remain Leave Undecided Lead
5–9 June 2020 I&O Research 1,638 75% 25% N/A 50%
19–24 April 2019 I&O Research 2,510 72% 16% 12% 56%
25–28 March 2019 EenVandaag 27,652 64% 29% 7% 37%
18–22 January 2019 I&O Research 2,510 72% 18% 10% 54%
11–13 September 2018 Ipsos 1,017 55% 21% 24% 34%
6 March – 7 April 2017 Pew Research 1,006 80% 18% 2% 62%
5–7 July 2016 EenVandaag 25,681 53% 39% 8% 14%
23 June 2016 The United Kingdom votes to leave the EU.
10–20 June 2016 EenVandaag 27,000 45% 48% 7% 3%
27–31 May 2016 TNS Public Affairs 981 49% 33% 18% 16%
4–7 March 2016 I&O Research 2,510 67% 22% 11% 45%

Polling[edit]

A poll in the Netherlands by the Pew Research Center in June 2016, conducted before the British referendum which led to the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, found 51% of the Dutch respondents to have a positive view of the European Union and 46% a negative view.[6] Another poll by peil.nl in the aftermath of the 2016 British referendum found 50% of the respondents to be against a similar referendum in their country, with 46% of those in favour of remaining in the EU compared to 43% overall against remaining.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lyons, Kate (27 June 2016). "Frexit, Nexit or Oexit? Who will be next to leave the EU". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  2. ^ Pauwels, Teun (2014). Populism in Western Europe: Comparing Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. Routledge. pp. 117–118. ISBN 9781317653912.
  3. ^ Merijn Oudenampsen (2013). "Explaining the Swing to the Right: The Dutch Debate on the Rise of Right-Wing Populism". In Ruth Wodak, Majid KhosraviNik, Brigitte Mral. Right-Wing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse. A&C Black. p. 191.
  4. ^ "Forum voor Democratie". Forumvoordemocratie.nl. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  5. ^ Kees Pieters (15 June 2016). "Zo denkt politiek Den Haag over een NEXIT-referendum". Politiek.tpo.nl. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Euroscepticism on rise in Europe, poll suggests". BBC News. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.

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