'A morning of sorrow': Sweden reacts to Brexit vote
The Local · 24 Jun 2016, 09:45
Published: 24 Jun 2016 08:12 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Jun 2016 09:45 GMT+02:00
Sweden's prime minister, Stefan Löfven, expressed dismay at the result of the British referendum to leave the EU, but says Sweden will keep working closely with the UK.
"It would have been better, for many reasons, for them to have stayed, but of course we respect their referendum result, the people have made their decision, that's how it is," he told Swedish Radio on Friday morning.
Good Morning EU - we will continue to work for a prosperous Europe and face challenges together. pic.twitter.com/bZwj6RgQvC— Ann Linde (@AnnLinde) June 24, 2016
A full 72 percent of Swedes want their country to remain in the EU, according to the most recent survey by major pollsters Sifo. But calls for a 'Swexit' were immediately heard on Friday morning, with the leader of the Left Party demanding a renegotiation of Sweden's EU membership.
Det blir Brexit. Vänsterpartiet kräver omförhandling av EU-medlemskapet och att UK får ett omförhandlat EES-avtal.https://t.co/8an5LkByWC— Jonas Sjöstedt (@jsjostedt) June 24, 2016
The far-right Sweden Democrats also celebrated the news. "Bloody well done, Mr Farage," tweeted the party's press secretary Henrik Vinge in reference to the head of the UK's xenophobic, anti-EU Ukip party.