Brexit, Grexit And Now Auxit? Petition Sparks Austrian EU Referendum Debate

First it was all about a potential Brexit from the EU, while recently attention has turned to the possibility of a Grexit. But now there is talk of another rebellion with Austria to debate the possibility of having an EU In/Out referendum, after an anti-Europe petition gained widespread public support.

The question of a European Union membership referendum must now be discussed in the Austrian parliament after a petition calling on Vienna to leave the bloc surpassed 100,000 signatures – the required amount to facilitate parliamentary discussion.

In fact, the petition secured well over the quota, with more than 260,000 Austrians – equivalent to 4 percent of the electorate — putting forward their names to put pressure on the government to have a debate on the matter.