Dutch MPs support Ukraine association only to please Brussels overlords – eurosceptic activist
Dutch politicians are eager to please the EU establishment because they’re seeking careers in Brussels, the eurosceptic leader of the Forum for Democracy that initiated a referendum against association agreement with Ukraine told RT.
“I think it’s mainly because of pressure from Brussels. I think Dutch politicians aren’t really responsible to the Dutch population anymore, but they answer to their overlords in Brussels. It is clear that the EU wants this association agreement to go through,” Thierry Baudet said in an interview with RT.
“We have leaders in the west that conduct policies that are going against the interests and wishes of their populations.”
“The only explanation I have is that they are less concerned with their national career than they are with their international careers. I think the Dutch political class is aiming at future jobs in Brussels, in the EU, and they are willing to ignore the voice of their own people for it,” Baudet continued.
“Dutch politicians are very willing to comply,” he said.
The Netherlands was the only European country which rejected the deal that stipulated closer ties between the EU and Ukraine in a referendum vote in April.
Dutch authorities requested extra guarantees from Brussels that ratification of the association agreement wouldn’t lead to accepting Ukraine as a new member of the bloc.
On December 15, EU leaders issued a special statement outlining that the agreement “does not confer on Ukraine the status of a candidate country for accession to the Union, nor does it constitute a commitment to confer such status to Ukraine in the future.”
The deal “does not contain an obligation for the union or its member states to provide collective security guarantees or other military aid or assistance to Ukraine,” the statement also said.
Speaking of the EU’s future, Baudet said he agrees with US President-elect Donald Trump and thinks the bloc is an “obsolete institution,” that’s “bad for Europe” as well as “for the rest of the world” and should be abolished “as soon as possible.”
“I very much hope that that other countries will leave the EU, I’m trying to bring about another referendum in the Netherland about euro currency, open borders and ultimately about leaving the EU altogether,” he noted.
Baudet believes that chances of his initiatives to succeed are pretty high with eurosceptic sentiments on the rise in the Netherlands.
“More and more people are beginning to see that the EU is very anti-democratic. It’s imposing mass emigration on us, it’s imposing a currency that is not working. It’s imposing endless regulations and bureaucracy… and the Dutch people are very susceptible to this idea,” he concluded.
Weeks after Brussels provided “guarantees” to the Dutch government, Baudet and his Forum for Democracy took the case to court in an effort to prevent the ratifying of the agreement.
“It isn’t over yet, the game isn’t over,” Baudet said, adding that the agreement is expected to be ratified only in April and by that time a newly elected parliamentary majority may decide not to override the public will.