12:56 Apr. 14, 2016
Dutch prime minister wants to unilaterally withdraw the law which ratifies the Ukraine deal
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte will not present a policy response to voters' rejection of the EU-Ukraine association agreement before 23 June, when British citizens vote on whether or not to remain in the EU.
The two political parties supporting his coalition government on Wednesday (April 13) approved his approach not to unilaterally withdraw the law which ratifies the Ukraine deal.
Rutte's centre-right Liberals and centre-left Labour have a slim majority in the parliament's Lower House, where the entire opposition has demanded the ratification law be withdrawn following the referendum in which 61 percent of voters rejected the treaty.
"The people have spoken. The people were clear. The people said No," said anti-EU opposition MP Geert Wilders during a Lower House debate Wednesday (April 13) evening.
But PM Rutte asked the parliament for a chance to first try to find a solution by having discussions with the 27 other EU member states, who did ratify the treaty and with Ukraine.