BREAKING: EU votes for action against Hungary over borders, Brexit leader attacks EU in blistering speech
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The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the EU’s core values.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government has been accused of attacks on the media, minorities, and the rule of law – charges which he denies.
MEPs backed the vote by 448 to 197, giving it the two-thirds required for proceedings to go ahead.
If also approved by national leaders, Hungary could face disciplinary action.
JUST IN: EU votes to punish Hungary for securing its border against illegal immigration
— Wired Sources (@WiredSources) September 12, 2018
The article goes on to state the following:
Wednesday’s vote is the first time the European Parliament has voted to take such action against a member state under EU rules.
Measures could include suspension of the country’s voting rights in Europe or other sanctions.
Mr Orban personally spoke to the parliament on Tuesday in defence of his country, labelling the threat of censure as a form of “blackmail” and an insult to Hungary.
He claimed a report by Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini was an “abuse of power”, and included “serious factual misrepresentations”.
Since coming to power, Mr Orban’s government has taken a hardline stance against immigration. It introduced a law which made it a criminal offence for lawyers and activists to aid asylum seekers, under the banner of “facilitating illegal immigration”.
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Brexit leader Nigel Farage shredded the European in a blistering speech on Tuesday, and told Hungary, “Come and join the Brexit Club, you’ll love it!”
European Parliament votes to remove Hungary’s voting rights, the authoritarian grip of the EU gets even tighter.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) September 12, 2018
WATCH | @Nigel_Farage blasts Eurocrats for their condemnation of Hungary PM, Viktor Orbán who has put in place measures to restrict the influence of anti-democrat, George Soros. Finishes with a message for Hungary: “Come and join the Brexit Club, you’ll love it!” 😂👍👏 pic.twitter.com/Yjo4U8DlrC
— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) September 11, 2018
BREAKING: EU lawmakers have voted to take action against the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban for allegedly undermining the bloc’s democratic values and rule of law, which could lead to the suspension of Hungary’s EU voting rights. https://t.co/3pCyHaGOby
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 12, 2018
For the first time, the #EuropeanUnion votes in favour of implementing Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty onto #Hungary. Potentially allowing for sanctions on Hungary’s #EU voting rights. https://t.co/6L1WALgCwQ
— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) September 12, 2018
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— DW News (@dwnews) September 12, 2018
EU lawmakers call for Viktor Orban’s government to face possible sanctions for eroding democratic standards in Hungary https://t.co/By6zvy2vte
— Bloomberg (@business) September 12, 2018
EU invokes rarely used powers against Hungary that mark the culmination of an extraordinary clash between Brussels and Prime Minister Viktor Orban https://t.co/zNP2e9sIl7
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 12, 2018
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