Opinion poll shows Dutch opposition to the EU is strong and can win.
56% = Support Nexit (EFTA + FTA)
Only 44% = Support for EU
26th February 2017
A new Dutch poll commissioned by the Bruges Group, carried out by www.peil.nl, shows that more Dutch people prefer the alternatives to the European Union than they do EU membership. As the alternatives are already gathering more support than EU membership a concerted campaign in the Netherlands, which could force a referendum, will mean Holland voting to leave the EU.
The Dutch general election will take place on 15th March and the question of the EU is becoming increasingly important. The Netherlands’ terms of EU membership are already being questioned by an increasing amount of political parties; namely the Centre Democrats (Netherlands), ChristianUnion, Party for Freedom, Party for the Animals, Libertarian party, Reformed Political Party, and Socialist Party (Netherlands). Which can make gains. The issues are immigration, who makes law, and size of the Dutch financial contribution.
A new party, Forum voor Democratie (FvD), which helped organise the recent Dutch Ukraine referendum is a supporter of exiting the EU and joining the European Free Trade Association:
Across the continent of Europe and beyond people want to take back control of their lives. A concerted campaign for Nexit, along the lines that we saw in the UK, can overtime, just like it did in Britain, move the Netherlands towards the exit. Britain will welcome our allies, the Dutch people, in a new post-EU Europe.
The question asked respondents which of 3 options they preferred, the results are below:
39% = EU
23% = EFTA (European Free Trade Association)
27% = FTA (Free Trade Agreement)
11% = Don't Know
Without Don't Knows
56% = Nexit (EFTA + FTA)
44% = EU
1,174 people were polled over 14-15/2/17
The results show also (without Don't Knows):
Men 56% Nexit (EFTA +FTA), 44% EU
Women 57% Nexit (EFTA + FTA), 43% EU
Also all age groups 25 and over support Nexit options
And all regions prefer Nexit, even in the large cities a majority prefer the alternatives to EU membership.
In past referendums in the Netherlands, people have voted for less EU:
61.6% said Nee in 2005 to the EU constitution and 64% voted against the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in 2016.
 Referendums, known in Dutch as volksraadpleging (people's consultation), can with political pressure, as in the UK, be held.
 FvD Press contact: Jeroen de Vries
Number: +31 642807493