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BREAKING: Hammer blow to Brussels as 92 PER CENT of Hungarians reject EU migrant quotas

AN OVERWHELMING 92 per cent of Hungarian voters have rejected the imposition of Brussels migrant quotas in the country’s referendum today.

The final result from the historic poll shows that more than nine in 10 voters rebelled against Jean-Claude Juncker’s EU Commission in a crushing blow to the EU project.In total 92.3 per cent of people voted ‘no’ to migrant quotas, compared to just 1.4 per cent who said yes. A further six per cent of the ballots were spoiled in protest.

Jubilant politicians from the ruling Fidesz party claimed victory in the historic vote shortly after polling stations closed and said it was a sign of people turning their backs on bullying Brussels.

He added: “As this referendum was initiated by the government, we have no other choice but to consider the citizens’ decision binding to the government.”But it is also binding to Brussels, because they cannot go against a referendum.“

Viktor Orban AFP/EPA

Viktor Orban said he is proud of Hungary to standing up against EU


Hungary closed off its borders to migrants GETTY

Hungary closed off its borders to migrants


Today has brought a sweeping victory for all those who reject the forced resettlement

Ruling Fidesz party

Hungary is led by eurosceptic president Viktor Orban, who had vowed to quit as the country’s leader if he failed to win a majority.And there was a blow to his pride with the voter turnout at just 42 per cent, well below the 50 per cent threshold required to make the referendum valid in Hungarian law.

The result means that more than three million people voted to reject the quotas, but one election analyst still described the vote as a “fiasco” for Mr Orban, who staked his reputation on a strong public backlash against the EU.

Earlier the hardline Budapest attempted to shrug off the lower than expected turnout, which critics have said seriously undermines the result of the vote.

Mr Orban said: “”A valid referendum would be better than a void one, but it will have consequences on the public law either way.

“The only condition is that the ‘no’ votes should be in majority.

“We took upon us that we will change the law and in the future only the Hungarian Parliament can decide who we want to live together.”

He then added: “In case the ‘yes’ votes will be in majority, I resign.”

Some voters turned up for the referendum in traditional Hungarian dressAFP

Some voters turned up for the referendum in traditional Hungarian dress


The referendum is likely to be a victory for Orban GETTY

The referendum is likely to be a victory for Orban


As he cast his vote earlier today the tough-talking PM also called on EU member states to rebel against the beleaguered European Union (EU) over the migrant crisis.Anti-immigration leader Mr Orban launched his attack on Brussels just moments after he voted in the nationwide referendum in the Hungarian capital of Budapest with his wife.

Speaking in English Mr Orban, who has been leading the ‘keep them out’ campaign, said: “We are proud that we are the first, and unfortunately we are the only one until now in the European Union who have managed to have a referendum on the migrant crisis.

“I would be happy to see other countries follow, but anyway I have responsibility of the leadership of Hungary not for the other countries in the European Union.”

Today Hungarians will turn out for a nationwide referendum after the EU announced its migrant quota plans to resettle 160,000 Syrian refugees among the existing member states.

The people of Hungary will be asked if they want to accept any future EU mandatory quota system for resettling migrants.If the nation votes reject Europe’s mandatory plans, it wil be a major blow for the already failing 27-member bloc.

The country’s hard line leader has urged Hungary to say ‘no’ to all migrants after hailing Britain’s momentous vote to Leave the EU as the nation “taking back its island”.

Ever since the migrant crisis erupted last year, with more than one million refugees pouring into Europe, Hungary has taken a robust stance on defending its borders.

Hungarians will have their say in the referendum on Sunday GETTY

Hungarians will have their say in the referendum on Sunday


Votes are counted in HungaryEPA

The result of the vote is a big blow to the Brussels project


The country was on a direct Balkans route used by migrants to make their way from Greece and into Serbia and Croatia.In response, tough-talking Mr Orban insisted enough was enough and ordered his borders with Serbia and Croatia to be shut.

Razor wire fences were erected along the border, forming a 108mile bench and the number of border forces along the Serbian crossing more than doubled.

But this hasn’t stopped people making the perilous journey – Hungary has registered more than 19,000 asylum applications this year and it’s believed more than 14,000 migrants have crossed its southern borders illegally.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/716757/Viktor-Orban-Hungary-referendum-migrant-quota-European-Union

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