THE HAGUE — First came Brexit. Next comes Nexit?
Euroskeptics in the Netherlands are seizing on the United Kingdom’s shock decision last month to leave the European Union, looking to inject new momentum into their own cause.
The outward-looking country was one of the founding members of the bloc, but even here, the E.U. elicits discontent, disillusionment and sometimes derision.
“People feel alienated from the European project. They think that too much sovereignty has been handed over to Brussels,” said Harry van Bommel, a member of the Dutch parliament who represents the left-wing Socialist Party, which is highly critical of the E.U.
“Something has to be done,” he said in an interview in his office here, full of souvenirs from his travels around the Middle East. “We can’t go on any longer with an ever-closer union.”