Budapest (MTI) – The 3.2 million “no” votes in Hungary’s recent quota referendum have sent “an important message” to Brussels, the defence minister told public television M1.
“From that aspect the referendum has met its goal and can be considered successful,” István Simicskó said.
“We wanted to express our will and our dislike over Brussels bureaucrats taking decision without consulting the Hungarian people” over such issues as managing the migrant crisis”, he said.
Answering a question whether a valid referendum had been more effective, Simicskó said that the opinion “of the majority of people” cannot be neglected. He added he trusted that “European leaders will understand that”.
Concerning the planned constitutional amendment, Simicskó said it would be another “weapon” against Brussels to “correct” the EU, and added that Hungary “keeps working to save” the community. He also argued that Hungary’s policies concerning the migrant quota have been “honest and straightforward”, while “there must be EU politicians who approve the quota and then find a technical way for their country not to accommodate a single migrant”.