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The government of Hungary will not leave unanswered the offense committed against Hungary in the Sargentini Report. We would like to make clear before the general, European public that we do not want to become an immigrant country. That’s why the government has released this English-language internet video in response to the affronts to our country.
“We will not let anyone take away even a tiny bit of our right to border protection,” PM Orbán said in his address to the opening session of Parliament, adding that Hungary as a country is neither a transit zone, nor a holding camp. He also confirmed that the government will take legal steps against the EP’s decision last week to adopt the Sargentini Report.
“Angela Merkel has said that the plan is that part of the border control should be handed over from frontier states to Brussels,” said Prime Minister Orbán this morning, “which means that “they want to take away from us the keys to the gate.”
During the debate on the Sargentini Report, the prime minister said the fight against migration is not a party political issue and that he is prepared to cooperate with any government that wants to defend the EU’s borders
News from today’s vote in the European Parliament report that the Sargentini Report proposing an Article 7 procedure against Hungary has passed with the necessary “two-thirds majority.” Passage, however, relied on voting fraud, a violation of clear voting procedures, and the Hungarian government is currently evaluating possible avenues for legal remedy, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said during this afternoon’s press conference in Budapest.
“Hungary will not yield to blackmail,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in today’s European Parliament debate on the Sargentini Report. “It is going to halt illegal migration and defend its rights - even against you, if need be.”
Today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament convenes in plenary to debate something called the Sargentini Report on issues in Hungary. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s a short roundup of a few things you should know.
As I wrote in Part 1, the European Parliament will convene in plenary next Tuesday to debate a resolution to trigger an Article 7 procedure against Hungary for alleged violations of the rule of law. Following the debate, it could be put to a vote on Wednesday. According to sources in the EP, liberals and leftists have become so desperate to push through the Sargentini Report that they would resort to an underhanded voting trick.