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Hungary Alone Would Not Veto Brexit Extension Request, says PMO Head

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.10.11.

Replying to a question at a government briefing on Thursday, the chief of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Gulyás, said that no request in any form had been received from the British government in relation to Hungary’s standpoint on Brexit. Hungary alone, he added, would not veto any request for an extension.

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On the topic of the next EU budget cycle, Gulyás said the timeframe for adoption was less important than the content. In its current form, the Orbán government considers the budget an unsuitable basis for negotiation but it hopes improvements can be made, he said. If the budget is smaller due to Brexit, Hungary should only receive a proportionately smaller amount.

Gulyás said sufficient guarantees were needed before the issue of rule of law could be tied to funding. “It’s not on that one country is qualified as observing the rule of law while others receive criticism because of the country’s attitude to migration”.

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Meanwhile, regarding the local governments receiving direct EU funding, which Gulyás said had been demanded by opposition Democratic Coalition, he noted EU funding was generally handed over to states. He added that there was a danger that direct funding would be linked to migration, and local authorities willing to admit migrants would receive EU money while those that refused would be denied funding.

Featured photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI