Brexit: Calls for referenda in France, Holland as political fallout begins

Spanish foreign minister suggests co-sovereignty of Gibraltar

Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders

  • Scotland's First Minister says Scottish 'see their future as part of EU'
  • Far-right leaders in Holland, France say they want referendums too 
  • UK MPs reportedly pushing for Cameron to step aside

Update 12.36pm - Scottish first minister says independence referendum is "highly likely"

Politicians in Scotland, Northern Ireland, France and Holland have all called for their own national referenda following Britain's decision to leave the EU. 

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland's government would now begin preparations for legislation for a second independence referendum. Earlier this morning, Sturgeon had said that the Brexit vote - in which more than 62 per cent of Scottish voted to remain - "makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union.” 

"We said clearly we do not want to leave the EU. I will do all it takes to ensure these aspirations are realised... An independence referendum is highly likely," Ms Sturgeon said. 

Northern Ireland nationalist party Sinn Fein had similar thoughts, saying Northern Ireland's vote in favour of staying within the EU meant the party would be "intensifying our case for the calling of a border poll."  

The projected result has also made waves on the European continent, with Dutch nationalist leader Geert Wilders suggesting his party would now be pushing for a referendum on EU membership for Dutch voters. 

Those calls were subsequently echoed by the leader of France's far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen. Mrs Le Pen said she wanted a similar referendum for France.

News agencies AP and Reuters both reported Spain's acting foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo as suggesting Spain would be pushing for co-sovereignty of Gibraltar. 

"It's a complete change of outlook that opens up new possibilities on Gibraltar not seen for a very long time. I hope the formula of co-sovereignity - to be clear, the Spanish flag on the Rock - is much closer than before,” Mr Garcia-Margallo reportedly said in a radio interview this morning. 

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