Saturday 22 January 2022

Dutch lower house votes in favour of Ukraine treaty compromise

61% of voters rejected the treaty in April’s referendum.

As expected, the compromise struck between prime minister Mark Rutte and the European Commission was backed in the Dutch parliament on Tuesday night.

Opposition parties D66 and GroenLinks had already pledged to back the plan, which Rutte says does justice to the no vote in last year’s referendum.

In December, prime minister Mark Rutte won the support of the 27 other European leaders for a supplementary declaration to the Ukraine treaty which makes it clear what the agreement actually entails.

However, there will be no time left to finalise the bill and win approval in the senate before the general election. The senate only has one more meeting before the vote, on March 7.

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