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    Brexit Could Force Other EU States to Renegotiate EU Status - Politician

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    The Leave outcome in Thursday's vote in the United Kingdom on its membership of the European Union may encourage other EU countries to renegotiate their status in the bloc, the coordinator of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Spain's Citizens party told Sputnik on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. 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.

    "The result of this referendum opens the possibility that other countries may wish to renegotiate their status within the European Union, although I don't think that Spain is in that group," Francisco Andres Perez said.

    The probability of renegotiation depends on each EU country's relationship with the United Kingdom and the degree of association possible within a new status, he added, noting that a second Scottish independence referendum may also have an impact on European regions seeking to hold similar referendums.

    "If territories such as Scotland, which have voted massively in favor of EU membership, insist on their desire to again vote on separating from the United Kingdom and stay in the European Union, this can have a contagion effect on other referendums," the politician noted.

    Residents of Scotland, London and Northern Ireland voted predominantly in favor of remaining in the European Union, while England and Wales showed more support for Brexit. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that another referendum on Scotland's independence was "highly likely."

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