Wednesday 22 February 2017

Brussels' big fear now is the domino effect of other countries seeking their own votes

Mary Fitzgerald

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

A major concern in Brussels now is that the UK decision could prompt a domino effect, with voters in other EU member states demanding their own referendum on remaining in the union. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
A major concern in Brussels now is that the UK decision could prompt a domino effect, with voters in other EU member states demanding their own referendum on remaining in the union. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

And so it begins: the painstaking work of reconfiguring the EU's relationship with the UK after it voted to leave the bloc on Thursday. I spent referendum day in two very different parts of England, beginning the day in rural Wiltshire and ending it in London. In Wiltshire, I saw how the Leave campaign's billboards far outnumbered those for Remain. I spoke to a local retired couple who were dressed up and heading to London for an event at the Imperial War Museum. They both voted to leave. Why? The man argued it was the best way to force what he called a real debate on where the EU is going, adding that he didn't think the bloc would allow the UK to leave in the long run.

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His wife said she was worried about immigration.

"We are being overwhelmed by them," she complained, yet struggled to explain what she meant by "them".

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