Flemish Nationalist Says Scottish Referendum Would Set Precedentby
Bart De Wever, the leader of Belgium’s Flemish nationalist party N-VA, said a Scottish referendum on independence from the U.K. following its vote to leave the European Union would set an "interesting precedent."
"I think that the Scots should do that and win, and that the United Kingdom should not only leave the EU but dissolve itself," De Wever told broadcaster VRT on Sunday.
De Wever buried his party’s ambitions for Flemish independence to join the French-speaking Liberal party in 2014 in a coalition government set on economic reform. N-VA previously stalled the setup of a Belgian government for 541 days after the 2010 election.
He also criticized European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s call for a speedy British exit from the EU, saying the U.K. is one of Belgium’s most important export partners and that “we all have an interest that they stay in the single market.”
“Europe would be well advised to look at why people are becoming so anti-European, and not only in Great Britain," he said, accusing the bloc of failing to handle the refugee crisis, to secure the EU’s external borders, migration within the EU and security.