Budapest/Prague, Dated 2nd (News Agency)- It has only been a week since Brexit’s announcement which shook the world; when few of the other European countries too are thinking of exiting the European Union (EU). Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that there will be a referendum on the refugee issues in September or October. President of Czech Republic Milos Zeman also appealed that their people too wanted to express their opinion about issues like European Union and NATO’s membership.
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the referendum by saying that the EU should prioritize its cordial relations with Hungary and should start formulating refugee policies. He also said that it is important for the Hungarian government to show its people that they can fight for their issues and indicated that thought ,that it’s going to be a long-term struggle; the public is expected to garner a strong support which can be expected only through referendum. Earlier too, Orban had criticized EU’s refugee policies and directed towards referendum. However after Brexit, this announcement caught everyone’s attention.
While many Hungarian Ministers extended their support to Orban, few of them indicated to exit the EU. Janos Lazar, who handles Prime Minister’s office surprised everyone by saying that he would love to exit the European Union. Likewise, Zoltan Kovacs, Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Relations of the Ministry of Administration and Justice also declared that he would vote for Hungary to exit the EU in case of referendum.
Kovacs severely criticized the EU by saying that he would like to opt out of the Union for its senseless policies on refugee issues which need to change. He mainly blamed EU’s refugee policies and politics around it, for causing Brexit.
Though Hungarian Prime Minister Orban has not directly indicated exiting EU, still his distrust in its refugee policies and requesting more exercising power to its member countries is seen as an open challenge to the EU. Such challenges coming from Hungary can put them in trouble especially when the Union’s founding member countries are trying to strengthen their structures after the Brexit.
After Hungary, it’s Czech Republic which has suggested exiting the EU. Czech Republican President Milos Zeman has requested not only to exit the EU but also to withdraw its NATO membership. In an interview he said that though he has some differences with those exiting the EU, however if the people want a referendum to give their vote, then they should get it. He also said that along with EU ,the country also should think about withdrawing its NATO membership.