260,000 Austrians sign EU exit referendum

A minimum of 100,000 people is required before a national debate must be called, and having passed the threshold the debate must now be held in the held Austrian parliament.

260,000 Austrians sign EU exit referendum

World Bulletin / News Desk

More than 260,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for the EU exit for the country, and now the Austrian parliament must discuss a referendum on the issue.

Overall, the 261,159 people who signed the petition represent 4.12 percent of the electorate.

The petition was most popular in the regions of Lower Austria (where 5.18 percent of potential voters signed it) and in Carinthia (4.85 percent).

The threshold for calling a debate on a potential referendum is 100,000 people.

A report in RT outlined that Austria is one of the more countries in the EU, with only 4.3 percent of unemployment in 2012, the lowest figure in the bloc. Austria is also one of 11 richest countries in the world in terms of GDP.

A similar referendum is planned for the UK. The first time David Cameron promised to hold the referendum in 2013, it triggered opinion polling on the same issue in other EU countries. Denmark was 52 percent supportive of staying in the EU, however 47 percent of Danes wanted a review of the country's membership terms. In Ireland, two-thirds of respondents said they wish to remain in the EU

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2015, 16:06