MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in June, Norbert Hofer, who narrowly failed to become first far-right head of state in last month’s presidential run-off in Austria, said that his country could hold a referendum on EU membership within a year if the bloc failed to focus on its major role and continued its "centralization" course.
"Leaving the EU would have disastrous consequences for the economy, the country and the people. This is why SPÖ strongly opposes holding a referendum," Niedermuhlbichler said.
On Wednesday, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern ruled out calling a referendum on EU membership after the second day of the European Council talks in Brussels.
On June 23, 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 vote triggered discussion is several other EU member states on possibility of holding similar votes.