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Britain voted 52% to leave the EU against 48% in the 2016 referendum. And the UK will finally be freed from the bloc at the end of the year.

France and Italy could be the next to leave Brussels after Brexit, according to former MEP Alexandra Phillips.

The former Brexit Party MEP pointed out the Generation Frexit movement launched by Charles-Henri Gallois and the Italexit party set up by Gianluigi Paragone.

Both were inspired by Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, which won the UK European election last year and lobbied the Tories to push Brexit over the line.

But Ms Phillips warned that it could be more complicated for France or Italy to withdraw from the EU by adopting the euro.

Brexiteer told Express.co.uk: “I really think all eyes are on France and Italy.

“And especially France as we prepare for another presidential election soon.

“If a Frexit candidate comes forward, that person will suddenly have a very important platform because they will be part of the presidential debates and will really highlight the issue of leaving the EU.

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And she said Euroscepticism in many member states is fueled by Brussels’ demand for further integration.

The Brexiteer has insisted that countries are closely monitoring the progress of Brexit.

Ms Phillips said: “I think Poland has had a strong Eurosceptic streak for a long time, Hungary.

“In fact, most of the EU countries, Greece as well, have a significant portion of the population who say that we are not so sure about joining the EU.

“And while the EU’s desire to further integrate and centralize continues, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

“And then when these countries sit down and watch what’s going on with the UK.

“I think there will be improved continental appeals and people will say ‘well look, the UK is now able to do X, Y and Z, they have their own tailor-made trade deals.’ .

“I think a lot of these countries are sitting around and waiting to see what happens with us.”

The UK officially left the EU on January 31.

Britain is in a period of transition with Brussels until the end of 2020 as the two sides attempt to negotiate a free trade agreement.

Little progress has been made in post-Brexit talks led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser for Europe, David Frost for the UK and his European counterpart Michel Barnier.



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