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Jun 27, 2016

Hungary is not leaving EU but will hold referendum on migrant quotas

President Janos Ader will set a date for the referendum, which Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's office has hinted could be held in September or October

Hungary has no intention of leaving the European Unision but will go ahead with a planned referendum on future European Union quotas for resettling migrants, it has been confirmed.

"The government is determined, and has no reason not to hold (the vote)," spokesman Zoltán Kovács told Reuters. "It has never been more relevant to ask what the people think."

Kovács said President János Áder will have to set a date for the referendum, which Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's office has previously said could be held in September or October.

László Kövér has also said that Hungary does not intend to follow the United Kingdom and leave the European Union

He added that the UK’s decision to leave the community means that the European Union’s strength and weight will decrease, and the opposite result would have better served Hungary’s interests.