16:30 Apr. 9, 2016
Lawyer Gerard Spong suggests Dutch government should start criminal case
Dutch lawyer Gerard Spong says the results of the April 6 referendum on the E.U.- Ukraine Association Agreement are not legitimate, according to the Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf.
Spong believes in order to hold the referendum the activists of the E.U. Citizens Committee were gathering signatures not for the Association of Ukraine with the European Union, but for the Netherlands' confrontation with the E.U.
'In an interview with the NRC, the organisers acknowledged that they are concerned not about Ukraine, but about the relations of the Netherlands with the E.U. According to Article 98 of the Dutch Consultative Referendum Law it is prohibited to collect signatures under false grounds,' Spong says.
61.1% of the referendum participants voted ‘no' to Ukraine's Association with the European Union, according to the preliminary results.