Politicians across Europe have called for their own referendums in the wake of Britain’s historic decision to quit the EU.
Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star movement has now officially called for a referendum on whether to keep the Euro.
Buoyed by big gains in local elections, Luigi Di Maio, a vice president of the lower house of parliament, said: “We want a consultative referendum on the Euro.
“The Euro as it is today does not work. We either have alternative currencies or a ‘Euro 2’.
“We entered the European Parliament to change many treaties.
“The mere fact that a country like Great Britain even held a referendum on whether to leave the EU signals the failure of the European Union.”
The 5-Star movement has called for two different currencies in Europe, one for the rich northern countries another for southern nations.
While any such referendums on the EU or the Euro would be merely test public opinion because Italian law does not allow referendums to change international treaties, a victory would send a clear signal to the government, especially in the wake of Brexit.
Brexit is a huge blow to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party and was hailed by supporters of 5-Star as a possible springboard to Italian independence.
In France, National Front party leader Marine Le Pen promised voters their own referendumas she declared her support for Brexit.
She said: “I would have voted for Brexit. France has a thousand more reasons to leave than the UK because we have the euro and Schengen.
“This result shows the EU is decaying, there are cracks everywhere.”
Eurosceptic feeling is also surging in the Netherlands, with two-thirds of voters rejecting a Ukraine-EU treaty on closer political and economic ties.
Anti-EU politician Geert Wilders declared the result the “beginning of the end” for the Dutch government and the EU.