Greece’s extreme rightist Golden Dawn party on Friday applauded the results of the British referendum on European Union membership, calling it a “brave decision” against German austerity.
“Golden Dawn welcomes the brave decision of the British people to deny the ‘vultures’ of Brussels and the financial oligarchy of Germany,” said Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris.
The Golden Dawn MP said the EU has undermined Greece’s national sovereignty, promoted illegal immigration and prevented the debt-ridden country from pursuing closer cooperation with Moscow.
“A direct consequence of Brexit will be the empowerment of patriotic and nationalist forces across Europe,” Kasidiaris said.
Europe’s nationalist parties hail Brexit victory
France’s Front National (FN) leader Marine Le Pen welcomed the results of the UK referendum as a victory of the anti-Europe and anti-immigration forces.
“Like a lot of French people, I’m very happy that the British people held on and made the right choice. What we thought was impossible yesterday has now become possible,” Le Pen said on RTL radio.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands’ far-right and anti-immigration leader Geert Wilders called on the Dutch to hold a similar referendum in the country.
“I think it’s historic. I think it could also have huge consequences for the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. Now it’s our turn. I think the Dutch people must now be given the chance to have their say in a referendum,” he said on Dutch radio.
Along the same line was the reaction of Germany’s Beatrix von Storch, an MEP for rightwing party Alternative für Deutschland:
“The 23 June is a historic day. It is Great Britain’s independence day. The people were asked – and they decided. The European Union as a political union has failed,” she said on German radio.