Minister backs ‘corrective’ referendums

Home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst is to introduce draft legislation on Friday which will allow voters to correct government decisions which they do not agree with, reports Wednesday’s NRC.

Ter Horst is introducing the bill making corrective referendums possible at the request of GroenLinks, the Liberal Democrats D66 and her own Labour party.
With the orthodox coalition party ChristenUnie and opposition Socialists and anti-immigration PVV parties also in favour of the move, binding referendums already have a small parliamentary majority.
However, because introducing them would require a change to the Dutch constitution, a two-thirds parliamentary majority will be needed. With the Christian Democrats (the largest government party) and the VVD Liberals against the move, the bill lacks the necessary support, the NRC says.

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