The British decision to leave the European Union has been welcomed by Germany’s right-wing euroskeptic party, the Alternative for Germany. “I wept for joy,” deputy leader of the AfD, Beatrix von Storch, told the Phoenix television station on Friday morning.
She said that June 23 was a historical day, and that the president of the E.U. Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, “would now have to take responsibility and resign, because their project has failed,” according to Ms. von Storch.
The AfD party leader Frauke Petry, who had herself studied in the UK, also welcomed the Brexit vote. She released a statement saying that the vote was a “signal to the Brussels Politburo and its bureaucratic appendages.”
Ms. Petry predicted that other exits could follow. “If the E.U. does not finally leave the false path and the quasi-socialist experiment of deeper political integration, then other European peoples will follow the British path and take back their sovereignty. Further E.U. exits will follow.”
The British voted on Thursday on whether to stay in the European Union or leave it after 43 years of membership. On Friday, after all votes had been counted, the supporters of Brexit had won with just under 52 percent of the vote, according to an official statement by the authorities. The results triggered massive falls in share prices and the value of the pound sterling.