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Sweden Democrats Jimmie Åkesson has demanded that the government grant the people of Sweden a referendum1265 views

The leader of the populist Sweden Democrats Jimmie Åkesson has demanded that the government grant the people of Sweden a referendum on whether or not to remain in the European Union (EU) following this year’s national election.

Mr. Åkesson also criticised the political bloc in his interview with Swedish financial website Dagens industri, saying the EU had become “a major force of corruption where nobody has control over anything”.

“We see no point in joining a political union that the EU has become,” Åkesson said.

He noted that the amount Sweden would have to pay into the bloc would increase due to the loss of the 100 billion Swedish Krona (£8.49bn/$11.2bn) a year that Brexit Britain was previously paying into the EU.

While Sweden currently pays 40 billion Swedish Krona (£3.4bn/$$4.5bn), that amount is estimated to increase by another 15 billion (£1.3bn/$1.7bn) after the UK leaves the EU, according to government estimates.

“We pay a lot of money and get a little bit back. But the main reason is ideological: We will not be in a supranational union. We will, of course, cooperate with other countries and trade with countries in our area, but we would see no point in joining a political union as the EU has become,” Åkesson said.

The SD leader also defended the nation-state and nationalism calling it the fundamental building block of Sweden and Swedish society, lamenting that decades ago the idea of the nation-state had been abandoned.

The call for the Swedish exit, or Swexit, from the European Union, comes after several other European countries have expressed similar desires to see future referendums on the matter including in Denmark, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands where opposition MP Geert Wilders pushed the issue last year during the Dutch national election campaign.

Wilders had made reference to the former USSR saying: “Brussels — of course, you cannot compare it with the Soviet Union — but at the end of the day it is a totalitarian, Soviet-like institution.”


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<span class="flag-icon flag-icon-es"></span>Harold3D
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EU sux, letting millions of invaders sworn to destroy your culture and people is not.

<span class="flag-icon flag-icon-be"></span>Kopper
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your country shares a bigger part of the guilt parcel since invaders who climb the Ceuta fence in Morocco automatically entered EU soil and will… Read more »

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thats stupid thing to say, not like Spain invites these backward retards.. EU doesn’t do shit not Spain!

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that´s not a stupid thing to say, that´s reality. they might not invite them but neither did they 715 A.D.

thanks for nothing.

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If the Swedish left says it’s a bad idea, that means it’s a good idea.

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Another “old school” EU politician terrified of giving his people a vote, and a voice.
EU democracy in action.

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These people should just plant swastikas on their sleeves and be done with it.

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Then again, there are those Swedes very willing to help Germany achieve dominance, as they did some seventy years ago.

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Out. Now. fuck EU!

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In the case of Sweden, I don’t think it will make a difference. They have already been invaded by the third world hordes and I… Read more »