Petition for Finland EU referendum fails to advance to parliament

The "Fixit" petition was launched in June by the youth organization of the country's co-ruling, Eurosceptic Finns party in the wake of Britain's referendum vote to leave the EU. The proposal gathered less than 34,000 supporters in six months. The required number was 50,000. A poll conducted by the Iltalehti newspaper suggested that Britain's vote and consequent political turmoil had strengthened pro-EU sentiment in Finland. Senior lawmakers in the Finns party have also floated the idea of an EU vote as a possible campaign theme. Finland's three-party government remains officially committed to membership of the EU and the euro single-currency zone. (Reuters)



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