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Billionaire Investor George Soros Warns of EU Dissolution Amid Brexit

© AFP 2022 / Geoff CADDICKBritish Prime Minister David Cameron (R) addresses pro-EU "Vote Remain" supporters during a rally in Bristol, south-west England, whilst campaigning to avoid a Brexit, ahead of the June 23 EU referendum
British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) addresses pro-EU Vote Remain supporters during a rally in Bristol, south-west England, whilst campaigning to avoid a Brexit, ahead of the June 23 EU referendum - Sputnik International
Disintegration of the European Union (EU) is possible and practically inevitable after the United Kingdom (UK) voted for the exit from the EU, known as Brexit, billionaire investor George Soros said Saturday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the EU. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

"Now the catastrophic scenario that many feared has materialized, making the disintegration of the EU practically irreversible," Soros has written in a commentary on the website Project Syndicate.

A screen shows the referendum result and market information at Thomson Reuters offices in London, Britain June 24, 2016 after Britain voted to leave the European Union. - Sputnik International
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While the consequences of Brexit for the UK can be such that the "UK itself may not survive," according to Soros, "the implications for Europe could be far worse."

On Tuesday, world-renowned economist Soros predicted that Brexit would be a catastrophe for the UK economy, stressing that the pound would drop by 15-20 percent, and his estimations appeared were confirmed following the referendum.

"The EU truly has broken down and ceased to satisfy its citizens’ needs and aspirations. It is heading for a disorderly disintegration that will leave Europe worse off than where it would have been had the EU not been brought into existence."

A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the outcome of the UK's June 23 referendum on the European Union (EU), in central London on June 25, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Soros called for "serious program of Eurozone reform, which would have to include a genuine banking union, a limited fiscal union, and much stronger mechanisms of democratic accountability," noting that "time is not on Europe’s side."

Following the Brexit referendum, several other EU states witnessed the requests for holding the referendum on the exit from the EU.

On Saturday, a petition to hold a referendum on Finland's membership in the EUhas been launched by the country's nationalist Finns Party, gathering over 10,000 signatures so far, local media reported.

Also on Saturday, the Slovakian far-right People's Party – Our Slovakia on Saturday launched the petition to Brexit-style referendum, and Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front (FN) party, said that French President Francois Hollande has rejected the possibility of a Brexit-style referendum to be held in France which her party is calling for.

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