Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (24 June) that British voters who opted to leave the EU were dissatisfied with Union policies dealing with the migration crisis.
Speaking on public radio, the Hungarian prime minister said that the Visegrad countries in Central Europe would soon hold discussions about the UK referendum’s aftermath. The Visegrad group also includes Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Orbán said migration had a key role in the British debate ahead of Thursday’s referendum (23 June).
Curbing migration from Eastern EU countries is a key goal for many Britons who plan to vote to leave the EU in a referendum on June 23. But many small firms believe the economic cost would be large, according to a new survey.
Orbán was confident about the future for the hundreds of thousands of Eastern Europeans – including Hungarians – working in Britain. He said the most likely solution for them would be that Britain signs an agreement with the EU in which such issues would be dealt with.
Britain’s vote to leave the EU shows that Brussels must listen to the voice of the people and give proper answers to such pivotal issues as migration, the Hungarian premier also said.
“Brussels must hear the voice of the people. This is the biggest lesson from this decision,” Orbán said.
“Why is Hungary in the EU? Hungary is in the EU because we believe in a strong Europe,” Orbán added.
“But Europe is strong only if it can give answers to major issues such as immigration that would strengthen Europe itself and not weaken it. The EU failed to give these answers.”
Orbán said the majority of Britons had interpreted EU answers to the migration crisis as policies that would weaken Europe.