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    EU Must Learn From Brexit Vote and Democratize - Spain's Podemos Party

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    The European Union must learn from Thursday's vote in the United Kingdom to leave the bloc and change its course toward upholding democracy and ending austerity policies in order to address dissatisfaction with European institutions, the Secretariat for International Relations of Spain's Podemos party told Sputnik 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 problem is not the UK vote, the problem is that they want to leave. You have to ask yourself how is it possible that Europe has generated such discontent and this skepticism… Europe must learn the lesson and change course, reaffirming its commitment to its core values: to defend democracy, social rights, and friendship between the peoples of the continent. We are going to go to Brussels to do exactly that," Podemos said.

    Europe has drifted away from its core values and must address widespread dissatisfaction by focusing on democratization and solidarity to build a Europe that nobody wants to leave, the left-wing party stressed.

    "We need to end austerity to end this disaffection and this existential crisis of the European project. We need to democratize decision making, guarantee social rights and respect human rights," Podemos pointed out.

    A number of EU member states, including France and Germany, have expressed regret over the results of the UK vote. Some EU politicians, including Austria’s Freedom Party said that the bloc should start changing its policies in the wake of Brexit, while others predicted a surge in anti-establishment sentiment across the bloc.

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