During the voting on the referendum in the Netherlands on 6 April 2016
For the ratification of the agreement on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union on the referendum in the Netherlands voted 36% of the population. 64% opposed the country’s entry into the EU. It is reported Reuters with reference to data of exit polls.
Thus, according to the Agency, the result may be cancelled due to low voter turnout. According to preliminary data, only 29% of the country’s residents came to referendum, which is 1% lower for declaring the vote to be valid. Dutch publication NOS, with reference to the research company Ipsos also claims that it is still unclear whether reach the turnout threshold at the referendum. According to Ipsos, voter turnout was 32%. The error in the data of the study is 3 percentage points.
The decision of the referendum is not binding. However, Dutch authorities, the British The Financial Times, will be forced to accept the will of the citizens of the Kingdom. The fact that the ruling coalition right-wing liberals and the labour party in Parliament has a shaky majority of just one vote. Next elections will be held no later than March 2017, in these circumstances, to take any of the parties on the question of the Treaty with Ukraine, the government refused, fearing electoral losses.
Against this background, the growing popularity of right-wing freedom Party Geert Wilders. In a recent poll, Ipsos is the second most popular place after the ruling people’s party (27% and 29% respectively). Last March a poll showed De Stemming: nationalists lead in popularity, with 35 percent support against 24% for the people’s party.
In such circumstances, the authorities deliberately decided not to organize a campaign in support of the agreement with Ukraine, although the leader of the coalition of Prime Minister mark rutte has urged to vote for the adoption of the document. “Today all come to a vote. And vote against!” — urged via Twitter the nationalist leader Geert Wilders.
The position of Wilders, writes British The Guardian, are dangerous to the government because the nationalists-Euroskeptics refer to the referendum as a way to Express dissatisfaction with the structures of the EU and “to give the Dutch the right louder to have their say in Brussels.”
The holding of such referendum has become possible after the adoption in 2015 of the new legislation. According to it, the petition for a vote, which gathered 300 thousand signatures is accepted as an application for holding a national referendum.
The vote was initiated by a group of activists eurosceptic Geenpeil, which gathered the required number of signatures in October 2015. As the FT notes, a vote on EU Association and Ukraine, being the first such referendum, shows where public opinion is inclined, as in the evaluation of the European Union and the government, as well as foreign policy towards Ukraine and Russia.