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    Left-wing political forces in Europe look to take advantage of Brexit by unveiling their project of the United States of Europe, a member of the foreign policy legislate committee of the Austrian parliament told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Following the result of the British vote, the EU leaders have called on London to leave the European Union swiftly. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite being personally sympathetic to the British situation, pressured by the domestic political forces, including left-wing parties, ruled out any negotiations on future deals until Article 50 is invoked by the United Kingdom to begin the proceedings.

    "These calls for a ‘quick divorce’ come from the left-wing EU parties that try to push for a long-held project of a United States of Europe which was always criticized by my party and Great Britain itself," Roman Haider of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPO) said.

    Following the result of the referendum, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault also joinly called for ambitious steps to strengthen the European Union.

    Polish media reported on Monday, citing a leaked document, that France and Germany are preparing a project of deepening integration in the European Union in the sphere of security including boosting defense capabilities, creating a European platform for intelligence cooperation, establishing European civil protection corps and harmonization of criminal law. The document also says that securing the bloc's external borders is not an exclusively national task and proposes to create multinational border and coast guard.

    According to Haider, his party feels that the European Union lost its main partner that had a critical view on the EU mechanisms and institutions after the United Kingdom voted to leave the bloc.

    "For my party, we lost a good partner in criticism of the way the EU is functioning and ruled," Haider said.

    It comes less than a week after the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union, with over 50 percent of the UK public voting in support of Brexit.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.


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