Next Sunday’s quota referendum will show “how strong a sword Hungarians can forge themselves” in the fight against Brussels bureaucrats, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said in an interview.
Speaking to news portal Origo.hu in an interview published on Thursday, the Prime Minister says that he loves Hungary as it is and would not like someone to change it upon external orders. “To me, even a single person who is disinterested in the fate of his own country is a dissapointment. For this reason, I would, of course, be satisfied by a 100 per cent voter turnout”, he said in response to a question on the possible outcome of the referendum, adding that although this is far from political realities, “every person is needed and we have to have the opinion of all people because Hungary’s future is at stake”.
While insisting that the referendum will have legal consequences, he refused to talk about these in detail, pointing out that “the outcome of the referendum will determine the direction we will take” in this matter.
Commenting on the European Union’s proposed compulsory refugee quota system, he said “every Hungarian settlement would be affected if the EU would succeed in forcing it upon us”. “If we fail to reject the compulsory quota, a resettled migrant family will turn up in the next-door house from one day to the next”, he claimed. Migrants who have entered the EU illegally have to be rounded up and removed from the area of the community, he argued. Under the Hungarian government’s Schengen 2.0 action plan, refugee camps should be set up with EU protection and financing outside the community, for example on an island or in the coastal areas of North Africa, the Prime Minister made clear.
Commenting on the US presidential election, the Prime Minister – who was the first incumbent national leader globally to endorse the candidacy of Republican nominee Donald Trump – said that Hungarians and Europeans both need an American foreign policy that intends to restore states’ sovereignty instead of exporting democracy and destabilising regions. “Mr. Trump is talking about this, while Mrs. Clinton is talking about the continuation of what we’re currently suffering from in Europe”, he said.
A survey published yesterday suggest that an overwhelming majority of those casting their votes will reject mandatory refugee quotas, although whether or not participation will reach the required 50 per cent threshold remains a question.