Voters were asked: “Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the approval of the National Assembly?”
The bad news is that the turnout in today’s referendum reportedly failed to reach the 50% level required for the vote to be legally binding.
The good news is that 98% of those who voted rejected the EU migrant quotas.
I don’t have a figure for the estimated turnout, but we know it was over 40%. Obviously, not everyone who stayed home was in favor of the quotas — more likely the opposite. Therefore we can say with a fair degree of confidence that a huge majority of Hungarians are opposed to letting the EU dictate migration policy to Budapest. I call this a victory for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Here’s the report from the BBC:
Hungary Referendum Rejects EU Mandatory Migrant Plan
Hungarians who voted in a referendum on Sunday have overwhelmingly rejected mandatory EU migrant quotas, the national election office has said.
But exit polls suggest that turnout failed to reach the 50% needed for the result to be valid.
With nearly all the votes counted, 98% rejected the quotas, officials said.
Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged Hungarians to reject the EU scheme, describing it as a threat to Europe’s security and way of life.
He described the result as “overwhelming” and said the EU “cannot force” Hungary to accept migrants. He urged EU decision makers to take note of the referendum.
The EU plan to relocate 160,000 migrants across the bloc would mean Hungary receiving 1,294 asylum seekers.