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27 Nations Want Their Own 'Brexit'

27 Nations Want Their Own 'Brexit'
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By Monday, 27 June 2016 06:09 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Three days after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union,  27 other EU nations are considering the same strategy.

A recent Pew Research Center poll of likely voters in ten EU nations showed that in Greece, 71 percent want to leave the EU and 27 percent want to remain. In France, the figures are 61 percent "leave" and 38 percent "remain."

But, possibly out of fear of heating up another movement similar to that endorsed by British voters last week, the White House on Monday chose not to criticized the mounting "exit" movement in Europe.

With questions on "Brexit" dominating the regular briefing for reporters at the White House, Newsmax asked whether President Barack Obama was aware of the exit movements in other countries and whether he had an opinon on "Frexit" (France), Grexit (Greece), Czechsit (the Czech Republic), and Swetsit (Sweden).

"Say that again five times!" quipped acting Press Secretary Eric Schultz, as the Briefing Room broke up into laughter.

Turning serious, Schultz told us that "I haven't heard the president offer comment about these other countries contemplating that. I think I would refer you to these other nations if they have views contemplating that, or even to the EU."

Schultz went on to emphasize that "every nation is working through globalization trends and every nation needs to tackle that. Because,again, our world is smaller than ever before. We are a more interconnected global economy. Our security is more linked than ever before. And that’s why it’s important to not ignore these trends but work through them."

Newsmax also asked if the White House was aware of polling showing the president's much-watched intervention in the referendum and endorsement of the "remain" position. Was he aware, we asked, of a BMG Research Poll that showed more voters likely to vote "leave" after Obama's endorsement (24 percent) than were persuaaded by him to vote "remain" (16 percent).

"I have not," replied Schultz, "And it’s my understanding at the time that Prime Minister [David] Cameron expressed great gratitude to the president for making his views known. Prime Minister Cameron expressesd those views privately to us and they said so in public."

Schultz also insisted that Obama "decided to weigh in not only because he felt it was in the best interests of the United Kingdom but because it was in the United States' best interests, that there is a number of reasons why the United States' interests are advanced when a strong United Kingdom is in a strong EU."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.


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