Budapest, August 23 (MTI) – If the October 2 national referendum on EU migrant quotas fails the Hungarian prime minister and the government must resign, an MEP of the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference, Csaba Molnár referred to Viktor Orbán as saying in late February when he had announced initiating a referendum that no discussion had been held by the government about possible steps in case the ballot failed.
If this ends up being the case, Orbán himself must bear political responsibility, Molnár said, encouraging Hungarian voters to stay away.
Asked about some polls suggesting that the referendum could succeed, Molnár responded as saying that such an outcome “would take Hungary in the antechamber for exiting the EU.”
Molnár said that opposition parties are preparing to mount “a short but rather fierce campaign” starting on September 2. Details of DK’s campaign will be revealed on Tuesday next week, he added.
In the referendum Hungarians will be asked: “Do you want to allow the European Union to mandate the resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary without the approval of parliament?”
Under Hungary’s referendum law, a referendum is valid if voter turnout is over 50 percent. It is considered successful if more than half of the valid votes are cast for the same answer.