Federation of Islamic Organisation in Europe (FIOE) has followed the historical referendum, where the British people decided to leave the European Union. Undoubtedly, the vote result means a lot to the UK and to Europe as a whole. Indeed, the referendum showed significant public wariness about the reality of certain policies. This situation should motivate the parties concerned to take it seriously with the aim of ensuring progress and prosperity for the European societies.
With due respect for the choice of voters for the referendum witnessed by the whole world, FIOE expresses the hope that European countries and peoples will keep their openness, and positively enhance effective communication in Europe and the world, along with rejecting extremist currents, closure and hate speech. No matter what happens, the withdrawal of a member state from the EU should not create barriers between nations and peoples in Europe.
FIOE affirms the importance of achievements in EU countries, gained through different phases of the unification project. However, the referendum sends an important message that requires directing efforts towards further evolving the European unity, the functioning of its institutions, and advancing communication with local communities towards a prosperous future for posterity.
Brussels, June 24, 2016
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe