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    Slovakia Rules Out EU Referendum as Country ‘Profits’ From Membership

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    Slovakia profits from the membership of the European Union in many ways and no Brexit-style referendum is needed, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Peter Stano told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) On Saturday, the Slovak far-right party Kotleba – People's Party Our Slovakia, launched a petition to hold an EU membership referendum, following the Brexit vote. According to Slovak law, 350,000 signatures are needed to kick off a legally binding referendum.

    "There is no serious and reasonable political party that would suggest the idea of a referendum now. Slovakia and its people have clearly profited from the EU membership and there is no better alternative for Slovakia than the EU," Stano said.

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