Hungary is due to hold a referendum in October on the controversial Juncker-backed schemes to relocate refugees around Europe, according to a mandatory quota system, which is deeply unpopular — particularly in Eastern Europe.
The referendum questions is: “Do you want to allow the European Union to mandate the resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary, without the approval of the National Assembly?” The result is expected to be a resounding “no.” Hungary has already referred the matter to the European Court of Justice.
Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told reporters in Brussels that the referendum “is going to have political and legal consequences. The message is going to be unavoidable not only for the Hungarian government and the Hungarian parliament, but for the European institutions and everyone in Brussels.
“It is deciding, or it is signing in what perspective, in what manner the Hungarian government should approach the future of Europe, the future of European institutions, the future of decision-making, protocols that have been set in the past couple of years in the heart of Europe.
“These issues should be re-addressed and talked about in an open manner and it’s completely unacceptable that the policies we have seen for the last couple of years, the stealth mode of decision-making, law-making and regulation is going to continue,” he said.