EU referendums: Europeans sometimes say 'No'

Leave.EU supporters wave Union flags and cheer as the results come in at the Leave.EU referendum party at Millbank Tower in central LondonBritain’s referendum on whether to remain in the EU has taken place in a climate of growing euroscepticism across the bloc, and is just the latest of many EU plebiscites. National referendums over the past 44 years have often determined the direction taken by the EU, whether by admitting new members, expanding its powers via treaty changes, or embarking on new projects. Norwegians voted to stay out of the expanding European Economic Community in September 1972 and again in November 1994 when Austria, Finland and Sweden joined what has since become the EU.

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