Dutch website says it will trigger referendum on EU-Ukraine ties

By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A Dutch website said on Sunday it had garnered enough signatures to force the Netherlands to hold a non-binding referendum on the EU’s association agreement with Ukraine, in a move meant to signal popular dissatisfaction with Dutch European policy. “YOU did it, out of love for democracy in the Netherlands and Europe, and to send a signal to The Hague and Brussels,” the website told its readers in a post on Sunday evening. Any referendum is likely to be held during the Dutch presidency of the European Union, which starts in January.

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