Hungary’s EU membership has never been threatened by such a serious and real threat as it is now – he believed in his post the opposition politician who is also an EP representative.
According to him, the Fidesz government led by Viktor Orbán is unable to reach a full compromise with the European Commission, and we will certainly lose some of the resources that belong to our country. He believes that if the EU money spigot is closed, there will be nothing to keep the leaders of the current government in the EU.
“In the next few days, I will officially submit to the competent election commission the question agreed with the lawyers, which will be the following:
Do you agree with the Parliament creating a law on Hungary’s commitment to European Union membership?
It is a question in accordance with the applicable rules and the purpose – he thinks.
According to him, the parliamentary faction of the MSZP will submit the bill, which the referendum initiative wants to enforce in accordance with the will of the Hungarian voters. If the governing parties support this bill, there is no need for a referendum.
This is what the opposition politician argues
According to him, the termination of our country’s EU membership is now a real danger, because according to him, Fidesz has created the legal possibility to withdraw our country from the Union without a referendum. According to him, the current government has stayed in the EU because of the money, the money is now expected to decrease and freeze in the long term. István Ujhelyi believes that the government must be bound on the issue.
There could be a referendum next spring at the earliest,
until then, it is necessary to be able to fight back the false, anti-EU propaganda of Fidesz – he predicts.
The majority of Hungarian people want to stay in Europe, so according to him, regardless of the validity of the referendum, the government’s hands will be tied on the issue.
He goes on to argue that “this initiative is in no way similar to the Brexit vote, since legally it is not about membership, but about the adoption of a binding law supporting membership”.
In other words, an invalid referendum does not risk our country’s EU membership, but at least it jumps the Fidesz rabbit out of the bush – asserts the opposition politician, putting all the negative risks of such an initiative into the background.
Because of all this, it is clear that a radical step is needed:
in a referendum, but at least in a law that ties the hands of the current government, our country’s EU membership must be confirmed!
– says the politician, who also reminds that next year it will be exactly twenty years since the citizens of Hungary voted to join the EU. At that time, we decided to join the European community with a vote of 83 percent, more than three million people.
Katalin Cseh, Momentum’s vice president and EP representative, responded to the MSZP politician’s announcement as reactedthat
it is completely unnecessary to initiate a politically risky referendum on Hungary’s EU membership.
“We are members and we want to remain so – even the majority of Fidesz voters. But as the example of David Cameron and the British showed, it is possible to lose a won excellent referendum, especially in a crisis,” Katalin Čeh recalls the example of the British, according to “Hungary would lose much more than the British by giving up membership: our future”.
On Sunday afternoon, the two politicians got into an argument over the current representative’s Facebook post. István Ujhelyi wrote that Momentum “does not want to support” the initiative of the socialists “due to some kind of internal opposition scandal”.
In response to this, Katalin Cseh wrote that
Such a referendum would open the way for Eurosceptic sentiment to be whipped up and increase, not decrease, the chances of us drifting out of the EU.
He then added: the goal is right, the tool is wrong.
Cover image source: Getty Images