Levels of the European Union have often been accused of harboring dreams of assuming more centralized powers from member states to form a stronger federalized superstate. Finnish MEP Laura Huhtasaari has suggested Brexit would deprive member states of a powerful stance to curb expansionist EU plans, suggesting that measures to strengthen the power of the bloc have already been implemented. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Eurosceptic Ms Huhtasaari said: ‘The UK has managed to slow this down because previously only euro area countries participated in the fund and the support mechanism of the euro.
“This time, we are supporting Italian and French banks. ”
In July, the EU concluded a tense summit bringing together all remaining member states on a common bailout to help economies worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Economically conservative members had tried to withdraw from the effort, or play a minimal role, fearing poorer members would unfairly benefit more from the coronavirus recovery fund.
The deal marked the first time the EU has pooled its debt, and as the summit approaches, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen renewed her call for more taxes on the ‘block scale to repay the fund.
Ms Huhtasaari added: “Churchill used to say, ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’.
“And now they’re using this corona package, which is actually a euro package, to hold back power from nation states. ”
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The survey polled 1,500 voters in the four countries, concluding that Italy would be the candidate most likely to follow the UK out of the bloc if Brexit proves to be an economic success in the next five years.
Pollsters asked respondents: ‘I’ll be more likely to support my country to leave the EU if the UK and its economy are in good shape in five years, okay or not? ”
The Italians questioned were the most in favor of severing ties with Brussels, 45% either agreeing or strongly agreeing with the idea of an “Italexit”.
France came second with 38%, followed shortly by Spain with 37%.
Germans were found to be the least likely to leave the bloc, but still said 30% of respondents would consider leaving the bloc.