EU Comm president Juncker has warned the Dutch people not to vote against an agreement with Ukraine which is seen as the first step to them joining the EU.
Eurosceptic parties got 300,000 votes on the issue, triggering a referendum come April 2016.
Juncker says a No vote would benefit Russia the most.
Pro-EU folk say the Dutch may vote No just to spite the EU.
I look forward to April
I can tell you one thing /news/.
Almost nobody here gives a shit about it. The referendum was set up by blog and two very small (one <100 and the other <500 members) organisations. They piggybacked on the popularity of this blog which is all about doing the controversial anti establishment thing (except when it comes down to Israel and jews) and started a massive campaign with strippers, midgets and contests. Basically they had all their readers sign up, then some more by having said readers do street petitions. However they have failed rather hard on making their message palatable to the general public. This referundum will turn out to be a strong NO with 60-40. However it will fail to attract the required 30% of all eligible voters because the amount of media attention is comparatively small.
This is a joke.
The 'democratic process' goes like this:
You need at least 300,000 votes for a referendum.
Then there will be a referendum where you can vote yes or no, there needs to be at least 30% of the people with a voting right (~12,000,000 people with a voting right) to come and vote or the referendum will be declared invalid.
If ~3,600,000 people vote 'no' then the agreement with Ukraine will be re-evaluated (by the same democratic parties that voted yes before the referendum) but in the end the democratic parties will still have the final word.
Welcome to the pseudo-democracy!
If ~3,600,000 people vote and more than 50% votes 'no' then the agreement with Ukraine will be re-evaluated by the same democratic parties that voted 'yes' before the referendum and they will still have the final word instead of the millions of people that voted.
>I really need to read before I post.
This. As a Dutch me and most of the people I know are voting no.
The Ukrainian economy is as big as the economy of Dutch province North-Holland. Ukraine has major depts, and most of them to Russia. it's the most corrupt country of Europe.
>Ukraine joins EU
>Tax payers have to pay the depts to Russia
>Tax payers have to pay for the poverty and infrastructure in Ukraine
>The EU economy shrinks
>Ukrainians will flood Western Europe
>Corruption will flood Western Europe
Why would we want to deal with this? The EU has enough problems of their own, lets fix those first.
EénVandaag had a poll and out of the 27.000 people that were polled, 53% said that they would vote for sure in this referendum and 17% said that they would vote probably.
75% said that they would vote NO.