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Czechs vote to join European Union

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 14 (UPI) -- Czechs voted overwhelmingly Saturday to join the European Union, according to exit polls.

With a 57 percent voter turnout for the referendum, more than 80 percent voted "yes" to EU membership. The Czech Republic has no minimum required turnout.

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Concerts and fireworks are already planned to celebrate the outcome.

Despite the enthusiasm, some still harbor concerns about integration with wealthier nations, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus said he had concerns about membership but described it as a marriage of convenience not love.

Also expected to join the EU next year after holding their own referendums are Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia. Estonia and Latvia plan to hold referendums in September.

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