New data reportedly shows the PVV – led by Eurosceptic Geert Wilders – would take more than a fifth of the lower chamber with 33 seats out of the 150-seat chamber, eight more than prime minister Mark Rutte’s party would take if elections were called now.
The data was compiled by the country’s most reputed pollster, Maurice de Hond, and suggests Wilders would become the Netherlands’ new prime minister, spelling the end of the country’s membership of the EU.
The Dutch are set to go to the polls in March next year to vote for their new leader and recent polls suggest Wilders could be a serious contender for the role amid growing frustration with the current coalition government.
The far-right party’s soaring popularity comes amid Wilders’ ongoing court trial after he was charged with discriminating against the Dutch-Moroccan community.
Last year, the PVV leader allegedly led a chant demanding fewer Moroccans reside in the Netherlands and has been accused of inciting a hate speech after asking supporters if they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans” in the country.
When the crowd shouted “fewer”, he responded: “We’ll take care of it.”
His manifesto received huge public attention after some of the legislation he plans to enforce should he come to power was revealed.
He has called for the close of all mosques and Islamic schools, a ban on the Koran, and has declared he wants “no more immigrants from Islamic countries”.
His party’s growing popularity comes after several global antiestablishment sentiments shocked the world in 2016, including Donald Trump’s landmark election in November and Britain’s historic vote to leave the EU.
The popularity of anti-EU parties has soared across Europe in recent months, leaving the future of the European bloc very uncertain.
France’s far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, has promised to hold a referendum on the country’s continued membership of the EU should she win the French election next year while in Sweden, the Eurosceptic Swedish Democrats (SD) party have surged to joint-second in the polls, raising questions over whether the country could leave the 28-member bloc.