Dutch voters overwhelmingly reject Ukraine-EU treaty

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:00 PM

The wide political, trade and defense treaty, which had already been signed by Dutch Prime Minister Tag Rutte'south government and approved by all other European Union nations as well as Ukraine, took effect provisionally in January.

Dutch voters have overwhelmingly rejected a Ukraine-European Union treaty on closer political and economic ties, in a reproach to their government and to the European Union establishment.

The wide political, trade and defense treaty, which had already been signed by Dutch Prime Minister Label Rutte'south government and approved by all other European Union nations as well as Ukraine, took effect provisionally in January.

But that didn't stop Dutch voters on Wednesday rejecting it by a 64-36 edge in a referendum that drew only thirty-two % of voters to the polls - barely sufficient for the result to be considered valid.

Voters said they were voicing their opposition not only to the treaty itself but also to European policymakers on matters ranging from the migrant crisis to economic policy, not long before Britain'south June vote on whether to stay in the EU.

Although the referendum was non-binding, Rutte acknowledged late on Wednesday it was politically impossible for his unpopular government to ratify the treaty in its current form.

However, as the Dutch currently keep the EU'south rotating presidency, he'll necessity time to figure out whether and how he can alter the treaty in a way that could satisfy all parties.

Rutte said the government would advise with parliament and its European partners "step by step. That could get days or weeks."

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday his country will continue emotional towards the European Union despite the Dutch vote.

"Below any circumstances we'll continue to implement the organization agreement with the European Union including a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement," he told reporters in Tokyo.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the result was "an indication of European attitudes to the Ukrainian political system."

Any proposed changes to the treaty will have to pass both houses of the Dutch parliament, including the Senate, where Rutte'south shaky coalition lacks a majority. Some political commentators have predicted a coalition collapse over the issue, though new elections should be called number later than March two thousand seventeen anyway.

If a compromise can be found, it should also be palatable to other European countries, as well as the European Union Commission and the Ukrainian government.

Rutte'south main political rival, the anti-EU, anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, whose popularity has hit all-time highs amid Europe'south refugee crisis, said the result was "the beginning of the end" for Rutte'south government and the EU in its current form.

"If two-thirds of the voters declare no, that's a vote of number confidence by the people against the elite from Brussels and The Hague," he tweeted.

The European Commission has said it'll wait for the Dutch government to propose a way forward.

Options comprise leaving the Ukraine agreement in force provisionally, or drafting exemption clauses for the Netherlands as has happened in somewhat similar circumstances in the past.

Manfred Weber, boss of the center-right European People'south Party (EPP), the biggest bloc in the European Parliament, and an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the referendum result was a "huge defeat" for the Dutch government and should be taken seriously.

"We necessity to create Europe more democratic and transparent," Weber told Deutschlandfunk radio, saying there was too much backroom politics going on in Brussels. He added that politicians needed to be engaged in more with citizens, clarify things to them and indicate that they get people'south concerns seriously.

He said that applied particularly to Britain ahead of the June referendum on the country'south membership of the European Union.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Extra reporting by Elaine Lies in Tokyo, Michelle Martin in Berlin and Dmitry Solovyov in Moscow; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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