Man in glasses and suit, talking on a stage, infront of the Sweden Democrat logo.
Party leader Jimmie Åkesson. Credit: Per Groth/TT

Sweden Democrats abandon push for 'Swexit' vote

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The Sweden Democrats will no longer call for Sweden to leave the EU. Instead, party leader Jimmie Åkesson says it will work to change the union from the inside.

Before the national election last September, Åkesson called the EU a "mess of corruption" and promised to push for a referendum on Sweden's membership in the union within the next four years.

Now, he says, it's unlikely Sweden will leave the EU anytime soon, as there is no support in parliament for this.

When asked by Swedish Radio's news program Studio Ett if the problems surrounding Brexit have influenced the party's position, Åkesson says it has become clear that the EU makes it very hard for anyone to leave the union in an orderly way.

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