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    Slovakia's Far-Right Party Launches Petition on EU Membership Referendum

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    The Slovakian far-right People's Party – Our Slovakia started to collect signatures to call a referendum on the withdrawal of Slovakia from the EU, according to an official party's statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Slovakian far-right People's Party – Our Slovakia on Saturday launched the petition to hold the European Union referendum amid Brexit.

    "UK citizens have decided to refuse the diktat of Brussels…. It is a high time for Slovakia to leave the European sinking Titanic. Therefore, on Monday we begin to fulfill another of our election promises — to start collecting signatures to call a referendum on the withdrawal of Slovakia from the EU," the party said on its website.

    A British flag which was washed away by heavy rains the day before lies on the street in London, Britain, June 24, 2016 after Britain voted to leave the European Union in the EU BREXIT referendum.
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    According to Slovakian law, 350,000 signatures are needed to launch a legally binding referendum.

    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.

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