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Sep 23, 2016

Hungary's referendum could foil Brussels' plans

The prime minister said that he loves Hungary just the way it is, and does not want to see anyone change it under orders from outside

Next Sunday’s quota referendum will decide “how strong a sword we can forge” for the Hungarian struggle against the Brussels bureaucrats, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said.

The prime minister said that he loves Hungary just the way it is, and does not want to see anyone change it under orders from outside.

Orbán said that “It is a disappointment to me if I see just one person who is not interested in the fate of their own country. Therefore, of course I would be satisfied with a one hundred percent turnout”.

He noted, however, that naturally this is far from political reality. He declared that “everyone is needed and we need everyone’s opinion”, because this is about the future of Hungary.

Meanwhile, the minister heading the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister believes that if the attendance rate at the October 2 referendum proves to be high, and the majority vote 'no', Brussels’ plans could be foiled.

Minister Antal Rogán stated that the significance of the referendum is enormous. Brussels’ plans could be foiled because the result would lead many EU countries (…) to vote against the mandatory quotas, it will gain momentum. This would mean not just the failure of the quotas, but perhaps finally also the revision of the entire European immigration policy, he added.

Minister Rogán stressed that they have to face the fact that the Brussels immigration policy has failed. Immigration must be stopped, the borders must be reinforced, a common defense force must be created, and instead of the mandatory resettlement scheme, those who came here illegally must be taken back to where they came from, he said.

The minister took the view that Europe, too, should follow the relevant international examples, that the borders must be protected, reception centres must be set up outside the borders of the European Union (EU), and fair circumstances must be guaranteed there.