BELGRADE -The Czech Republic could follow UK’s lead and exit the European Union if Britain votes to drop out of the 28-nation bloc in five months, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka warned on Tuesday.


A referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the EU is scheduled for June 23 of this year. It follows a deal struck by London and Brussels on a plan to reform the union at the EU leaders’ summit last Friday.

“The results of this step [Brexit] could be really gigantic,” Sobotka told journalists. “In this case, we can expect debates on EU exit here in a couple of years.”

The prime minister warned that it was high time that the ruling Social Democratic Party started explaining all benefits of EU membership to Czech citizens before separatist radicals won them over.

Anti-EU sentiment has been rife in the Eastern European country after its row with Brussels over a plan to resettle migrants fleeing violence and poverty in the Middle East and Central Asia.