Saturday 22 January 2022

Out of time: no Ukraine treaty vote before the election

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

The Dutch parliament will not take a decision about whether or not to ratify the EU’s treaty with Ukraine before the March 15 general election, news agency ANP said on Monday.

Parliament may debate the compromise deal worked out by prime minister Mark Rutte next week but there will be no time left to finalise the bill and win approval in the senate, ANP said.

Next week is the last week parliament will meet before the March vote. The senate will only meet once more, on March 7.

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.

This, he hopes, will enable the Dutch parliament to ratify the treaty, despite the April referendum in which 61% voted against ratification. Even though the referendum was advisory, MPs have said justice must be done to the outcome.

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