Brexit success to threaten EU with domino effect as shock country exposed as next one out

Evidence of Brexit success in Britain could cause the European “dominoes to topple” and cause other European Union member states to officially launch their bids to quit the bloc, according to former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney. Mr Daubney said his brief stint in the European Parliament exposed growing anti-EU feelings among a surprising number of other member states who he claimed are now “watching what happens next.” Speaking to Express.co.uk the day of his departure from Brussels, the former MEP said: “It’s amazing how many friends we’ve made. We’ve not been these renegades, we’ve got a lot of mates from the German, the Polish.

“They’ve been giving us a standing ovation when we put our flags on our desks, standing up for the national flag. Make no mistake, eurosceptics are watching what happens next.”

Mr Daubney shockingly suggested the next tile to be removed from the EU domino may well be the leading member state of Germany should Britain provide the key country with “evidence” of success out of the bloc.

He continued: “If we can forge it on our own, we can go ahead and strike out and become a huge international force without the EU, the Germans…They like evidence.

“When they see the evidence that you can stand outside the EU, I think the dominoes are going to start toppling.”

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The former British MEP added: “We’re the first to go, we’re not the last.”

France’s eurosceptic leader Marine Le Pen appeared to echo Mr Daubney’s forecast when she said the Brexit debate is due to ignite further discussion among the remaining member states.

Ms Le Pen officially renounced her bid to Frexit – or France exit – ahead of the European parliamentary election last May but in a recent interview with Euronews she renewed her belief “we will get there.”

She said: “I am absolutely convinced.

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I’m not sure that the first country to leave the European Union if the bloc is not reformed, will not be Germany

Marine Le Pen

“And I will say that I’m not sure that the first country to leave the European Union if the bloc is not reformed, will not be Germany. You’ll see, we’ll talk about it again.”

Germany’s eurosceptic far-right party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) has been steadily increasing its membership to over 35,000 and won an extra four seats in the European Parliament last year.

Prof Graham Timmins from the Institute of German Studies at the University of Birmingham told Express.co.uk could further increase its presence on the domestic scene at the 2021 Federal Election.

The Bundestag vote next year will mark the first election in 16 years Chancellor Angela Merkel is not running for leadership after abysmal results in a series of state elections forced Mrs Merkel to announce she will step down. 

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Despite the AfD’s rocketing support over the past few years, Prof Timmins said it’s unlikely the rightwing party will secure a majority of the vote in 2021 as he insisted Germany “doesn’t do major change.”

The EU has been facing growing criticism from member states concerned over the renewed push for further integration among member states.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen earlier this week laid out plans for a further financial contribution from each member to fund the “new priorities” of the bloc after Brexit.

The increased sum EU27 are being asked to pay into the common budget over the next seven years is also designed to bridge the gaping hole Britain left in Brussels’ pockets with its departure.

Under the budget for 2021-2027, national contribution under the European Commission’s proposed sum for the Multiannual Financial Framework is €130.04billion (£108billion) annually for all EU countries.

This would increase contributions from EU countries by an extra €23billion per year (£19.2billion) than they already pay.

While Germany could be forced to pay double the amount of its current share of the budget, Berlin last year also experienced its weakest growth since 2013.

In figures released last month, Germany’s economy only grew by 0.6 percent in 2019.

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