UPDATE 1-Brexit could have domino effect in Eastern Europe – Luxembourg'' s Asselborn

An automobile sticker with a logo encouraging individuals to leave the EU is seen on a car, in Llandudno, Wales, February 27, 2016.

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A British exit from the European Union might set off comparable relocations by other member states in Eastern Europe, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn stated in a German newspaper interview published on Sunday. Britain votes on June 23 on whether to stay in the 28-member bloc, a choice with far-reaching repercussions for politics, the economy, defense and diplomacy on the continent. “It can not be ruled out that Brexit causes a cause and effect in Eastern Europe,” Asselborn told Tagesspiegel am Sonntag. It had been a “historical error” from Prime Minister David Cameron to even think of calling a mandate about Britain’s membership of the European Union, Asselborn added. Even if Britain should decide to remain in the EU, “this would not fix the problem that arises from the negative attitude of the British towards the European Union”, Asselborn said.

Asselborn said he in some cases felt that Cameron and the head of Poland’s judgment Law and Justice party (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynski, had a quiet contract on rolling back European combination. “Both seem do have the exact same program regarding their critical stance towards the EU,” he added.

Since winning elections last year, Poland’s conservative and eurosceptic government has actually encountered EU regulators on a range of concerns, including liberty of speech and democracy along with energy and environment problems. Poland is the greatest economy in the EU’s eastern wing and the biggest recipient of structural funds in the bloc.

Britain, on the other hand, is transferring more cash to Brussels than it is returning, which is among the arguments of the Leave camp to elect Brexit on Thursday. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Modifying by Andrew Heavens).

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