|Author (Person)||Gotev, Georgi|
In a referendum held in the Netherlands on the 6 April 2016 voted against the EU’s Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union by 61% to 38%.
Turnout was low at approximately 32%, and formally the vote was non-binding. However, Dutch law meant that if over 30% of the electorate vote in this form of referendum, the government has to take into account the result of the vote. Prime Minister Mark Rutte acknowledged this point on the 6 April 2016.
Dutch Eurosceptics argued that the vote was a vote against the EU itself. Dutch MP Geert Wilders said on the 6 April 2016 'It looks like the Dutch people said No to the European elite and No to the treaty with the Ukraine. The beginning of the end of the EU'.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe, Netherlands, United Kingdom|