EU braces for pandemonium as Sweden prepares to leave bloc after ‘successful’ Brexit deal | Politics

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EU braces for pandemonium as Sweden prepares to leave bloc after ‘successful’ Brexit deal | Politics


Stefan Löfven, who was forced to step down as prime minister last week after clashing with allies over housing policy, narrowly won a vote in parliament to secure a swift return to leadership from Sweden. Wednesday’s vote did not go smoothly, however. It was clear beforehand that only one lawmaker, by mistake or deliberate rebellion, had the power to derail Mr Löfven’s return, but in the end he won by 176 votes to 173. The Swedish Parliament counts 349 seats.

Mr Löfven said: “The work to move Sweden forward is starting again now.
“We must now continue our work to build a stronger, more secure and more equal country. “

His reappointment ends weeks of political crisis in Sweden and removes the immediate prospect of early elections, giving the government a vital respite to focus on its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Wednesday’s vote does not erase all clouds from Mr Löfven’s political horizon.

Like many European countries, from Finland to France and from Germany to Greece, Sweden has seen the emergence of an influential far-right anti-immigration and anti-EU political party, in this case the Swedish Democrats (SD).

The SD has gained increased support for its criticism of establishment politicians, Brussels and the continent’s response to the 2015 migrant crisis.

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Swedish MEP Peter Lundgren claimed the party might even try to remove Sweden from the EU in a few years, if Britain’s withdrawal proves successful.

He said: “I hope we will eventually leave so that we can retain power in the Swedish Parliament and not in the European Parliament.

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“Of course, it’s very difficult especially when the EU starts to have the right to taxation…

“As you know, I campaigned alongside Nigel Farage to leave Sweden and hoped we would get a clear mandate when we headed for the next European elections.

“We wanted to use the UK withdrawal as a good example, but that didn’t happen because everything turned into a circus. “

Mr Lofren added: “Finally, here we are.

“In a few years we will see the UK succeed and that means we can also use it in our communication with our Swedish voters to leave. “

In another interview with Express.co.uk, former German MP Dr Peter Gauweiler also suggested that it is because of Brexit that Sweden may soon be saying goodbye to the bloc.

He said: “The EU is beaten.

“He could recover but the situation will only improve if they release skills again.

“The big help for us Eurosceptics has been the UK.

“Brexit is the best proof, because things are probably better than before for the [British].

“Some people say Sweden will be the next to go. “

When asked why, he added, “Well, it’s just related to regional experiences.

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“Let me give you an example using ecology.

“You can destroy a good biotope with too much energy.

“And too many good things have been done in the area of ​​the allocation of power to the EU headquarters.

“And those who see this clearly and have to pay and don’t look at it just from the point of view of the subsidy aspects, of course are the first to feel the negative consequences. “

Sweden was Britain’s closest ally when it came to voting on European policies and staying outside the eurozone.

With the UK now creating a plan on how to leave the European Union, Swedish MEP Charlie Weimers has made similar statements.

Amid strife with the UK and the growing axis of power between Germany and France, the MEP argued that he may well “pave the way” for a backlash against the EU in Sweden.

He added: “I think this will pave the way for a reaction and we have already seen it to some extent, that this change in public opinion on EU membership is now going in the opposite direction to the EU membership. most of the other Member States.

“Yeah, I mean we’re not talking about an earthquake.

“But it’s the trajectory that’s interesting here and it’s going against the grain.

“And I think it’s because more and more Swedes are realizing that designing the EU is not in the interest of Swedish taxes.

“So when the chicken comes home to roost, that’s where the real reaction will come.

“Maybe we’re talking about a few years to come, but it will eventually happen. “

Throughout the UK’s accession to the EU, states like Sweden have relied on the UK for support in the European Parliament.

As Mr Weimers added, Sweden has not only lost a crucial ally in the bloc, but trade with the UK will also be affected between the two states.

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