An Austrian parliamentarian told Sputnik on Monday that the EU countries are unlikely to follow the Dutch example of referendums on important political issues because the results may confirm that majority of the EU population would vote for leaving the bloc.
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — On Wednesday, 61.1 percent of Dutch voters rejected the EU-Ukraine association deal’s ratification
in the advisory referendum, according to preliminary results. A turnout of 32.2 percent passed the 30-percent threshold to give the public vote legal weight.
“No state within the EU, unless it is forced to do so by a constitution, is ready to grand a referendum on any matter concerning the bloc because they know that an outcome would be negative: there would be no EU zone, no EU bank, would be no EU. It would be rejected on the referendum, probably, in all of the states within the bloc,” Johannes Hubner said, a member of the Austrian parliament from the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), told Sputnik on Monday.
Meanwhile, in Bulgaria:
Amateur video shot in Bulgaria shows vigilantes arresting three migrants and tying their hands behind their backs as they lie on the ground in a wood.
One of the vigilantes tells them: “No Bulgaria – go back [to] Turkey.”
The video was shot in Strandja, a mountainous area near the Turkish border, the Bulgarian BTV news website reported.
Bulgarian border police chief Antonio Angelov, quoted by BTV, said such an arrest of migrants was illegal.
Bulgaria has erected a razor-wire fence along 95km (59 miles) of its 269-km border with Turkey.
According to Mr Angelov, the three migrants shown in the video said they were Afghans. The video was the main story across Bulgarian TV on Monday.
The vigilantes – at least one of them armed with a machete – stood over the three and one was heard telling them in broken English to return to Turkey. The migrants appeared frightened and were not resisting.