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Jun 22, 2016

Migrant Crisis: Referendum on forced migration to be held in the autumn

All obstacles have now been removed from calling and organizing the referendum on forced settlements in Hungary

Hungary's referendum on whether to accept forced migration will go ahead in the autumn, it has been revealed.

In response to the failure of four petitions submitted against the referendum, the Constitutional Court has announced that all obstacles have now been removed from calling and organizing the referendum on forced settlements in Hungary, Bence Tuzson said.

The referendum was contested by left-wing politicians, including socialist MEP Tibor Szanyi and Gábor Fodor, the president of the Hungarian Liberal Party, but these obstacles have now been removed.

The state secretary said, based on the statutory time limits, the referendum will be held in September or October, as expected.

The government is asking the Hungarian people to say no to the forced settlement of migrants, Tuzson said, who also told the press: the Cabinet will begin the preparations for the referendum in due course.

In his view, the Hungarian people must decide on an issue of sovereignty and a national affair which may alter Hungary in an economic, cultural and ethnic sense for centuries, or perhaps forever.

In Europe decisions are made primarily by the nations, and Brussels, the European Commission is there to implement the decisions of these nations, not the other way round, he said.

Tuzson also pointed out that the pressure of migration that weighs heavily on Europe is not abating. In this context, he indicated that the plans relating to the distribution of migrants are an invitation to those who are about to set out for Europe.

"We must prevent forced resettlement, we must stop Brussels in this respect," Tuzson stated, who is expecting further attacks against Hungary as a consequence of putting the question to popular vote.

In answer to a question regarding the outcome of the referendum, he said "the more people voice their opinions on this issue, the more successful this referendum may be."