Addressing colleagues in the European Parliament, Derk Jan Eppink said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had “thrown in the towel” during the controversial EU budget summit last weekend. The Dutch MEP accused his Prime Minister of failing to negotiate the best interests of people in the Netherlands because he did not have the UK on his side this time around. He called for a referendum in the Netherlands on the EU budget as he claims the agreement will cut Dutch pensions to “beef up” those of other European member states.
He blasted: “The end of the Council was that Mark Rutte threw in the towel.
“What is the result is we ended up in trouble without the UK, we’re going to have European debts which Mr Rutte was always against.
“He talked about emergency breaks procedures but that is a farce.
“There isn’t a plug that you can pull.
“So in the end the Netherlands is just throwing in the towel. The Dutch pensions are going to be cut back and that’s very bitter for people and people won’t understand that.
“Therefore I would call for a referendum in the Netherlands on this redistribution plan where we’re cutting Dutch pensions in order to beef up pensions in other countries.
“Let people vote.”
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