Referendum on Ukraine-EU Association could help the Netherlands to exit EU – organizers

Referendum on Ukraine-EU Association could help the Netherlands to exit EU – organizersThe referendum in the Netherlands on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement is not against Ukraine. The Netherlands seeks to achieve its exit from the EU, the organizers of the referendum said.

"Of course, we don't care about Ukraine, you must understand," NRC Handelsblad newspaper reported, citing chairman of the organization committee and historian Arjan van Dixhoorn.

"A Nexit referendum is impossible now. We are seizing any opportunity to put relationship between the Netherlands and the EU under pressure," he said.

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A member of the organization committee, Pepijn van Houwelingen, said that they were waiting for a new law on referendum for two years. They checked on the Election Commission's website what laws and international agreements could be voted at referendums. One of the first was the Chili-EU Association Agreement. He admitted that they knew about the referendum on Association with Ukraine, the vote on which was scheduled initially for June 30 and did not fall under action of the law on referendum. The referendum law will take effect on July 1. So they sent a letter to two political parties, the SP and PVV — with a request to postpone the discussion. "And it happened," van Houwelingen said.

The referendum on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement will be held in the Netherlands on April 6. The results of the referendum will be consultative in nature.
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