A third grouping involved in April’s referendum on the EU treaty with Ukraine has decided to enter the mainstream political arena.
GeenPeil, the initial driver behind the campaign to collect signatures and force the vote, is launching its political wing on Monday, Dutch media said at the weekend.
The organisation is advertising for volunteers on its website to raise funding and supporters, and is also looking for donations. The party will be led by writer Jan Dijkgraaf.
The party hopes to harness popular anger about the government’s failure so far to put the results of the referendum into practice, the AD said at the weekend. Some 63% of the people who voted said the Netherlands should not ratify the treaty.
Jan Roos, who was also one of campaigners behind the anti-Ukraine treaty referendum for shock blog GeenStijl, is also taking part in the March general election as the leader of splinter political party VNL (voor Nederland).
VNL was founded by two PVV parliamentarians who quit the party after Geert Wilders led supporters in an anti-Moroccan chant. They also disagreed with him over economic policy.
Thierry Baudet, a right-wing philosopher and eurosceptic, whose Forum voor Democratie also campaigned against the Ukraine treaty, has also said he will fight for a seat in parliament in the general election.