A staggering 98.3% of Hungarian voters have rejected the EU’s attempt to use ‘refugee’s as the thin end of the wedge that would have ended up turning the central European nation into a copy of the immigrant-ridden doomed states of Western Europe. The vote gives Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, the clear moral authority to continue to defy the diktats of Brussels. Liberal media glee about the ‘low turnout’ is widespread but misleading and exaggerated.
At first sight, the opposition boycott of Sunday’s ballot appears to have worked, as turnout failed to clear the key 50 percent threshold. But in fact, the 42% turnout was the same as in the referendum that took Hungary IN to the EU, so if anything the small drop actually highlights the chronic weakness of the liberal-left in the country.
Only 1.7 percent of the voters answered ‘Yes’ to the question “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?”
But the turnout of 43.8 percent, or 3.6 million voters, means that the referendum will be declared technically invalid. Over 200,000 ballots were spoiled, another tactic by those opposing the vote.
The referendum was non-binding, but became a symbolic litmus test for the government’s pro-sovereignty, anti-EU migrant quota line.
The left-wing rejected the very idea of the referendum, suggesting it would cause “tension” inside the country and in Budapest’s relationship with Brussels, and urged a boycott to prevent a validating turnout.
But the ruling party still views the result as a success, with several officials pointing out that the referendum to join the EU in 2003 also failed to achieve a 50 percent turnout – yet was accepted – and that in fact more people voted against quotas than for accession.
“Thirteen years after a large majority of Hungarians voted at a referendum to join the European Union, today Hungarians made their voices heard again in a European issue,” Orban said in a statement in front of TV cameras in Budapest. “We have achieved an outstanding result, because we have surpassed the outcome of the accession referendum.”
Orban also promised to alter the constitution to recognize the results of the vote.
“We can rightfully say that today has brought a sweeping victory for all those who reject the forced resettlement of migrants, and for those who believe that the foundations of a strong EU can only be strong nations,” said Gergely Gulyas, vice-chairman of Orban’s Fidesz party, even as he admitted that the government’s high-profile poster and media referendum campaign failed to bring out the voters in sufficient numbers.
Jobbik, who had campaigned alongside Fidesz to secure a valid referendum, has called on Mr Orban to step down.
But most political analysts who spoke to RT argued that the sheer headline numbers of the referendum mean that Orban’s gamble has paid off.
“Overall, this is a success for the government, as a rarely seen number and proportion of people voted in the same direction. The government will handle this as a source of political legitimacy even if it has failed to reach a legal threshold,” said political analyst Miklos Szantho, from Hungary’s Center of Fundamental Rights.
Further, although the liberal-left media worldwide say that the low turnout is a big blow to Orban, the reality is that it is very much in line with the other referenda held since the collapse of Communism.
In the 6 referendums that have been held since the regime change, the average turnout was 41.89%. So even with the entire left-wing calling for a boycott, the turnout the same as in a ‘normal’ Hungarian referendum.
Those citizens who were most committed to democracy expressed themselves, and it was a resounding NO to the Brussels policy regarding illegal immigration. As for the huffing and puffing pro-European who opposed the referendum: if this referendum is invalid, what about that of 2003 concerning the entry of Hungary into the EU, which attracted only 42.05% of the voters, only 37.80% of whom voted YES?
In that vote, 3,056,027 people voted in favor of joining the European Union. This time 3,237,415 people voted against the European Union’s scheme to foist unwanted migrants on Hungary. Moreover, 15% more people voted in yesterday’s referendum than in the European parliamentary elections of 2014.
So while the referendum is technically invalid (though it was never going to be constitutionally binding in any case), this is not a defeat for the opponents of suicide-through-immigration. Viktor Orbán simply narrowly missed a beautiful asset which he could have used even more effectively against Brussels. This does not mean that Hungary said YES to quotas. It does not mean that Hungary will dismantle her fence or let illegal immigrants in without controls from now on. The migration policy of Hungary is unaffected by the referendum. In short, it is as if nothing had happened!
Except, perhaps, that the hand of the opposition party Jobbik is slightly strengthened, since it campaigned for people to vote against the EU plan but has also criticised Viktor Orban’s handling of the affair.
Both Mr Orban and Jobbik should, however, understand that the globalists will not take their rejection of EU diktats and enforced mass immigration lying down. The liberals will be watching and waiting for any and every opportunity to destroy Hungary’s firm resistance, whether it be through financial manipulation, elections or ‘coloured revolution’. Hungarian patriots need to be united, and on their guard!