According to Dutch publication NOS, according to preliminary data, obtained during the counting of votes, the overwhelming majority of citizens of the Netherlands who took part in the referendum, voted against ratification of the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU.
According to the data, which results in NOS, 61,1% of those in areas voted against Ukraine’s Association with EU, just over 38% were in favour. At the same time, 30% turnout threshold at which a referendum can be considered valid, was overcome: on sites have come 32.2% of voters or more than 4 million people.
In Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and the Hague, who Took part in the voting residents of Amsterdam and Utrecht were in favour of the Association of Ukraine with the EU. In Amsterdam for Association voted to 52.5%, against 46.3 per cent. The turnout in the Dutch capital was 26.8%. In Utrecht 57.4 per cent of voters voted for the ratification of the Treaty, the turnout to overcome the 30% threshold.
Residents of two large Dutch cities, Rotterdam and the Hague, came on Wednesday to the polls, opposed the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU. In Rotterdam, voted against 64%, in the Hague — of 58.9. However, the turnout in both cities was less than 30%.
Other large municipalities, NOS notes, opposed the ratification of the Treaty.
The referendum on the ratification of the Association agreement between Ukraine and EU was held in the Netherlands on Wednesday, 6 April. Its carrying out became possible after the adoption in 2015 of the new legislation. According to it, the petition for a vote, which gathered 300 thousand signatures is accepted as an application for holding a national referendum. The vote in the Netherlands was initiated by a group of activists eurosceptic Geenpeil, which gathered the required number of signatures in October 2015.
Prime Minister mark rutte spoke for the ratification of the Association agreement of Ukraine with the EU. Opposition forces spoke out against.
Once the data exit polls showed victory for opponents of the Association of Ukraine with the EU, Prime Minister stated that the results of the referendum may lead to the fact that the government will have to reconsider its position on this issue.