Finnish far right leader, Timo Soini wants EU referendum in Finland too
Thursday, 24 January 2013
British Prime minister, David Cameron's speech yesterday about the
possibility that the UK could vote via a referendum in 2017 to leave
the EU has been welcomes by far right leaders in Sweden and Finland.
After the British PM's speech, the Finnish Prime Minister, Jyrki
Katainen's office issued a statement saying that the PM does not see
the need for a referendum for the Finnish people.
Finnish far right opposition leader, Timo Soini of the TrueFinns Party
has praised the British Prime Minister, David Cameron after he called
for the renegotiation of the terms of EU membership and a referendum
whether to stay in or not. This has motivated Soini to call for a
referendum on EU membership in Finland as well. He has been an ardent
critic of Finnish membership of the EU with his True Finn party came
second in the last Parliamentary elections with nearly one fifth of the
On his blog he wrote on Wednesday that he would do just that if he were
to be the Finnish prime minister - calling for a popular vote to
determine whether Finland stays in or not.
For him, each country should have the right to vote on EU membership
and its term once per generation, he told Finnish broadcaster, Yle
The call for a referendum has been repudiated by other political
leaders such as Centre party leader Juha Sipilš who said he does
not see a referendum as necessary unless the EU takes a sharper turn
toward federalism. His party took Finland into the EU after a 1994
referendum, in which 57 percent of Finns voted for membership, reports
by Scancomark.com Team
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