MORE EU turmoil is looming as Sweden’s prime minister has called for an emergency meeting after Britain’s vote to leave Brussels has weakened the country’s position in Europe.
By LIZZIE STROMME
PUBLISHED: 19:45, Fri, Jun 24, 2016 | UPDATED: 20:00, Fri, Jun 24, 2016
Britain has been Sweden’s strongest ally in the EU but after the Leave camp’s success was revealed this morning the Scandinavian country now faces political and economical turmoil.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the government’s faith in Brussels remained strong, despite Sweden’s EU minister issuing dire warnings about the harm a Brexit could cause to the country’s economical and political status.
Mr Lofven said: “We are apart of this community to get power over our shared future.
“We respect the decision. The election results are a wake-up call for Europe.
“But it is worrying. I hope that the British people can unite and look to the future.
“Sweden is strong and the government has prepared for this. We are monitoring theeconomic developments closely.”
Mr Lofven added as the UK is Sweden’s second largest trading partner in the EU, the vote to leave the 28-strong bloc would have major consequences for the country’s economy.
The pro-EU nation’s finance minister, Magdalena Andersson, also warned that Britain’s decision to cut ties with the red-tape obsessed bloc could result in rising market prices.
Britain’s vote to leave Brussels has weakened Sweden’s position in Europe
Sweden is strong and the government has prepared for this
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven
Ms Andersson said: “Our trade is likely to become more expensive depending on the trade agreement [we get] with Britain. The pound weakened pound is a consequence of increased uncertainty in the economy.
Despite Mr Lofven’s reassurance that the country remains pro-EU, Britain’s historical decision to break with red-tape obsessed Brussels has set of a series referendum demands across the Continent, also in Sweden.
As Denmark, France and the Netherlands face calls for referendums, the Sweden Democrats have joined the rally demanding that the Swedish people are given a vote.
Denmark, France and the Netherlands face calls for referendums after Brexit
SD leader Jimmie Akesson said: “British citizens have shown that EU memberships can be reassessed. The long term trend is now broken and hopefully it will show the way for other countries.
“The development in the UK is something I hope to see in Sweden.”
The call for a Swexit was blasted as irresponsible by PM Lofven.