Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has slammed the “inappropriate” approach to mass migration pursued by the European Union which he blames for having pushed Britain out of the power bloc.
Speaking from Brussels and laying the foundations for Hungary’s own forthcoming referendum on the European Union (EU), Mr. Orban said it was time for the EU to learn that it could not survive as a dictatorial system ruling 500 million people from Belgium.
Explaining how the present approach to the European project had pushed the British away and was going to alienate other nations too, Mr. Orban said: “You do not sit on a horse backwards. The EU is not in Brussels. It has 27 — presently 28 — capital cities.” He remarked: “we must return to the idea that the European Union is based on members rather than EU institutions.”
Mr. Orban said “we must strive to ensure that Brussels hears the voice of its citizens”, reports wPolityce.
While Hungary wishes to keep the EU from collapsing, an objective of other right-wing political forces across the continent, it is attempting to change the nature of the bloc. It is possible the impending departure of the United Kingdom has given those nations the impetus and momentum to make those changes that would have been impossible otherwise — including Mr. Orban’s crusade to close the EU off from illegal mass migration.
Attacking the “inappropriate” present response to the hundreds of thousands who continue to flood into Europe, Mr. Orban told Brussels this week that it was time for the Union to create a migration policy which “meets the expectations of the people”.
He said: “We must fight to prove to the people that a migration policy in line with Hungary’s national interest is possible… this will be a long fight here in Brussels, for which we will need a strong mandate.”
Mr. Orban has such a mandate coming — although that date has not yet been set, his government has called a referendum for later this year on Europe’s policy of forced redistribution of migrations around the continent.
Accepting this forced immigration would be a hammer blow not only to the Hungarian people, who appreciate their social cohesion, but also to the government which has ridden high in the polls on their consistent ability to close Hungary off from unwanted illegal migration. Opinion polls within the nation show Hungarians are expected to vote overwhelmingly against the EU’s plan.