In 2005 my people, the Dutch, rejected the European Constitution in a referendum.
But the European Union made some cosmetic changes to the text and, by 2009, forced it down our throat anyway as the “Treaty of Lisbon”. And so, we learned an important lesson. The EU is neither transparent nor democratic, and disregards the will of our people.
Last April in a consultative referendum, the Dutch rejected the Association Treaty between the EU and Ukraine. Guess what? It is deja-vu all over again.
After the referendum, rather than pulling the plug on the treaty the Europhile ruling elites in the EU member states, including those in my own country, try to continue as if nothing has happened.
This blatant disrespect of the EU’s political elites for national democracy and sovereignty is one of the major reasons why my party is advocating NExit, a Dutch withdrawal from the EU. Indeed, we want to follow the British example because, like you, we believe that exit is the only honorable thing to do.
We must save our democracy.
Prosecuted for voicing the opinion of millions.— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) 14 oktober 2016
The Netherlands is like Turkey. Displeasing political opinions are being silenced in court. https://t.co/L7mTufM6WL
Yesterday, I visited Maassluis. It is a town near Rotterdam, where the indigenous Dutch inhabitants have become the victims of immigrant youths of Moroccan descent.
Cars have been demolished, houses vandalized, people threatened. The Dutch no longer feel free and safe in their own city. When the local radio station interviewed some of the victims and referred to the perpetrators as Moroccans, it received an anonymous letter: “You are racists! Your time will come! I won’t take care of it because I am too old. But our boys are the new soldiers.”