According to Márton Gyöngyösi, the people of the United Kingdom made a decision on their country’s EU relations on 7th May. In his press conference on Tuesday, the Vice Chairman of the Hungarian National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee explained that the outcome of the elections has a greater significance than British interior policy and may pose a precedent for other countries. In his view, after this overwhelming Conservative victory, London may not be the only one to reconsider its relations with Brussels.
Reflecting on the oft-repeated allegation that Jobbik wants to lead Hungary out of the European Union, the MP pointed out that it was a false statement. The opposition politician says Jobbik’s programme features the same EU agenda that brought an election victory for the British Conservative Party. Gyöngyösi explained that his party also promotes the idea of holding a referendum on the type of relations Hungary should maintain with the European Union.
During the 2004 accession talks, Hungary was subdued by Brussels in numerous aspects essential for the national interest, including the land issue and agricultural quotas – therefore these agreements should be reviewed in Gyöngyösi’s opinion. Even compared to the 2004 status quo, the EU has taken a direction very far from the Europe of Nations concept and projects the image of a highly centralized, federal EU instead.
In his view, the UK elections demonstrated that there was a realistic scenario to re-negotiate certain chapters of the accession treaty. Jobbik has great expectations for the future, closely follows how the Conservative Party implements its programme and wishes success for them as their achievements may pose a precedent for Hungary and other nation states as well. Jobbik congratulates David Cameron and the Conservative Party for their triumph and looks forward to the outcome of the referendum on UK membership in the EU, which is expected to take place in 2017 at the latest.
In response to a question from the media, Márton Gyöngyösi stated that Jobbik could cooperate with other parties in the town of Tapolca as local and national politics are not the same and the population of each town has a non-partisan interest in a prosperous homeland, so compromises need to be made. Referring to the primitive Nazi stigmatization by the Socialist Party, he expressed his view that they could achieve nothing by that in the past and the same would happen to them in the future. If they have no further political programme than to label other groups, then they will end up in the garbage dump of history, where Socialist MP Zoltán Gőgös will have plenty of time to contemplate about his party and its past.
Jobbik – Press release