Budapest (MTI) – European Union decision makers will have no opportunity to “dodge” the outcome of Hungary’s upcoming migrant quota referendum, the parliamentary group leader of ruling Fidesz said on Friday.
Addressing a board meeting of Fidesz’s youth arm Fidelitas, Lajos Kósa said he expected a high turnout at the polls on Sunday, but suggested that even if the referendum is invalid, “a vast majority of ‘no’ votes will ensure authorisation for the government to propose migration legislation”.
Kósa insisted that the European Commission will not be in a position to ignore the referendum “even if its validity is challenged”.
As to legal consequences in Hungary, Kósa said that “if ‘no’ votes win, parliament will certainly have a legislative task, whether it is a constitutional or law amendment, a parliamentary decree, or a mandate to the government, which will automatically impact European law”.
Answering a question Kósa said the government would step down should the ‘yes’ votes win.