The Czech government does not allow a referendum questioning EU membership

Prague / Bystřice nad Pernštejnem (Žďársko) – The government does not allow any referenda that would undermine Czech membership in the European Union or NATO. Membership in these organizations is for CR guarantee economic stability and security, he said in a statement the government spokesman Martin Ayrer. The government reacted to the statements of President Milos Zeman, who would not be against a national referendum on the withdrawal of the Czech Republic from the European Union. He would vote against but appearances. According to the opposition TOP 09 Zeman proposals attacking the priorities of Czech foreign and defense policy of the last decade. Conversely, the KSCM would support the holding of referendums.

“Long-term foreign policy priority of the Czech government and the national interest is to be a member of EU and NATO,” said Ayrer. Stable, cohesive and functioning of the EU, according to a government statement guarantees the safe development of the country. “The government does not consider in this context to take any steps that our membership and long-term direction of Czech foreign policy in any way questioned, therefore, does not count, or any referenda,” he added Ayrer.

“The law on referendum and of course we support the Chamber of Deputies discussed the law, but I personally do not consider it a good idea to hold a referendum on withdrawal from the European Union,” said the head of the CSSD deputies ČTK Roman Sklenák.

According to Finance Minister Andrej Babis (YES), it is necessary to explain to people why the Czech EU, and it would not be a good European alliance, despite the errors, which has left her. “It’s not a good idea. The Institute referendum should be introduced. But making a referendum on leaving the EU would be devastating for us,” he told reporters in the House Babis.

According to Zeman, if adopted law on national referendums, people could cast vote must also remain in NATO. He said that unlike other politicians would hold a referendum on such serious issues did not prevent, but also support them said their arguments why, in these organizations, such as the EU and NATO, remain.

Against the proposals on the popular vote in these matters is also the TOP 09 “Both motions attacking the priorities of Czech foreign and defense policy of the last decade. These proposals Milos Zeman has become a security threat to the Czech Republic,” he said social networks TOP 09 chairman Miroslav Kalousek.

Eurosceptic ODS would vote on remaining in the EU waited on whether it will succeed, reform of Union. “I’m still trying to believe that the leaders of the member countries realize that this can not go on. A referendum on NATO is complete nonsense and a general referendum definitely not be legalized,” wrote ČTK chairman of the Civic Democrats, Petr Fiala.

On the contrary, the Communists, who are long-time critics of Czech membership in NATO would support the holding of the two referenda. “The whole club Communist Party is of the opinion that it is necessary to adopt a law on general referendum and the question of whether to stay or does not stay in the Union is a matter that should be a referendum directly offered. The more there is a question of staying in the NATO pact,” he said ČTK chief KSCM Vojtech Filip.

Standard on the referendum, which the government sent to the House last July, a constitutional law must support the three-fifths majority of deputies and senators. The Cabinet and the law must seek support in both chambers of parliament and among opposition MPs. Zeman during his speech in the House on March 11 recommended that Members approve the law.

Zeman could not resist a referendum on leaving the Czech Republic from the EU itself would be against

Zeman still supports the adoption of a law on the referendum, there would be no referendum on the performance against the Czech Republic from the European Union. He would however vote against the speech, he said today in Bystřice pod Pernštejnem. However, the government in response to the president’s statement that no sign of any referenda that would undermine Czech membership in the EU or NATO. According to the opposition Zeman proposals attacking the priorities of Czech foreign and defense policy of the last decade.

“Long-term foreign policy priority of the Czech government and the national interest is to be a member of EU and NATO,” he said in a statement the government spokesman Martin Ayrer. Stable, cohesive and functioning of the EU, according to a government statement guarantees the safe development of the country.

Zeman said that people who get enough signatures, after the adoption of the Law might propose a referendum any question. “Against those who say that about (withdrawal from the EU) would not be a referendum, I argue that citizens have the right to decide what they want to ask and what they want to have a referendum,” the president said residents Bystřice. He recalled that the adoption of the law on general referendum months ago supported in Parliament.

Should the referendum possibly related to performance of the Czech Union, Zeman said he would vote against the speech, because it has the “thousand and one reasons”. One is by him that the Czech Republic receives annually from the EU 200 billion more than it returns to Brussels, and by the president obtains an amount equivalent to one fifth of the Czech state budget. “Only a fool gives up such a large amount of money. It’s a cynical reason, but there’s a reason,” said Zeman.

Subsequently, at a press conference the president said that under the bill would call for a referendum was necessary to present a petition signed by at least 250,000 citizens. “This is a very strong restrictive condition, but it’s good, because the referendum is worth at least half a billion,” he said.

The general referendum will likewise expressed Zeman also at Thursday’s public meeting in the Great Mezirici. One question from the audience pointed out that the Czech people did not modeled after the UK vote on staying in the European Union and NATO. Zeman replied that enforcing the law on general referendum will not be easy, because it is a constitutional law, and must be adopted by qualified majority in both houses of parliament. “It will be a difficult process, but I, along with others everything they can to make this law was pushed through,” he said.

Zeman would if the bill, people could recall referendum must also remain in NATO. He said that unlike other politicians would hold a referendum on such serious issues did not prevent, but also support them said their arguments why, in these organizations, such as the EU and NATO, remain.

Standard on the referendum, which the government sent to the House last July, a constitutional law must support the three-fifths majority of deputies and senators. The Cabinet and the law must seek support in both chambers of parliament and among opposition MPs. Zeman during his speech in the House on March 11 recommended that Members approve the law

Source:www.ceskenoviny.cz