The Brexit is the EU's last chance to change direction

“In its history, the EU has just got the biggest slap in the face from the British people,” said Jobbik MP and vice chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament Márton Gyöngyösi in his press conference held on Friday to react to the result of the British referendum.

In Gyöngyösi’s view, the referendum may on the other hand offer the last chance and opportunity for the European Union and Brussels to consider whether they want to continue walking the path of centralization and dictatorship, completely ignoring the will and opinion of the European states and nations, or become a token of the Europe of Nations instead.

Jobbik’s MP expressed his concern that the leaders of the large EU member states immediately began blaming UK PM David Cameron for holding a referendum on the matter. “It is a clear sign of the false, wrong and cynical mentality dominating the European Union,” said Gyöngyösi. He added that “the only time the leaders of the EU member states like democracy and referenda is when their outcome justifies and legitimizes their positions.”

The people of the UK declared their opinion with a high turnout and a clear majority after a balanced campaign. In Márton Gyöngyösi’s view, this is a solidly legitimate response to the referendum question, „and British people deserve respect for it”. The MP added that the outcome of the referendum and the will of British voters must be respected since they made this decision amidst enormous external and internal pressure. “They showed that there is life outside the EU, indeed,” emphasized Márton Gyöngyösi. He also noted that the UK established a precedent in terms of “laying down the conditions for confronting Brussels and a life outside the Union.”

Jobbik’s politician stated that the British political elite also deserved credit for their responsible campaigning (for and against the exit) to provide proper and extensive information for the voters. Another indication of this responsible approach, in Gyöngyösi’s opinion, was that  British PM David Cameron faced the consequences and resigned.

Márton Gyöngyösi expressed his view that the EU now had a chance to look beyond the interests of Germany and France, i.e., the EU’s core states and start listening to the voice and considering the interests of the Eastern Central European nations as well. “This might as well be the last chance for Brussels to prevent the domino effect potentially triggered and induced by this referendum that might lead to a total disintegration of the Union” he explained.

Jobbik’s MP believes that the UK referendum was a message for Hungary as well, since the local political elite had kept parroting that there was no alternative for the European Union. “A referendum, the voice of the people must not be overruled by anything,” pointed out Gyöngyösi. “There is no authoritarian tone in Brussels that could possibly overrule the opinion of any member state,” he explained. It is also a clear message for the Hungarian political elite, which always subordinated our national interests to Brussels’ will in the past 25 years, except for the migration issue.

Jobbik will closely follow European political courses to see what directions they take after the Brexit. If the Union fails to change its course, if Brussels continues to centralize and chooses the path of dictatorship over the Europe of Nations concept, then his party will make the necessary motions for Hungary to  consider the renegotiation of the accession treaty and the EU charters. Furthermore, Jobbik will seek to hold a referendum to determine how Hungary should relate to the European Union and Brussels and represent its own interests.

In response to a media question whether Jobbik would quit the EU, Márton Gyöngyösi confirmed that his party was weighing the option but “before taking such a path,” a wide political and social discussion was needed with extensive information in order to determine what kind of relationship the people of Hungary want with the EU. In Jobbik’s view, the accession of 2004 was conducted in a way that was unfavourable for Hungary in many respects, and the EU has undergone significant reforms ever since, thus becoming even more contrary to Hungary’s interests. Jobbik believes that terms can be renegotiated and  Hungary must find allies for it, so that we could lay our EU membership on new foundations. These negotiations, regardless of their outcome, must be followed by a referendum as well.


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