Thursday, 7 April 2016

Dutch reject EU-Ukraine treaty in referendum

The Dutch have voted overwhelmingly to reject an EU deal with Ukraine that would give the country visa free travel with the EU.

The rejected treaty was designed to reinforce the EU's claim to Ukraine and wind up Russia. The referendum was seen as an opportunity to give the EU a kicking and the Dutch didn't disappoint.

Around 68% of those who voted in the advisory referendum voted against the treaty with turnout provisionally put at about 32%. A minimum turnout of 30% is required for the referendum result to be valid but the result is only advisory in any case.