Dutch parliament upholds EU-Ukraine deal despite negative referendum result

Two coalition parties and two independent MPs of the Dutch parliament voted against revoking the law on ratification of the Ukraine-E.U. Association Agreement – the government initiative put forward to a vote in Parliament by the Socialist Party of the Netherlands, according to Europeiska Pravda citing NOS.nl. (Ukraine Today)

The deal was rejected by 61 percent of Dutch voters in a non-binding referendum April, 6th.

“It may look as if we’re ignoring the Dutch voters, but we have to keep our word to Ukraine, which has met the conditions,” a senior EU source told Reuters earlier in April. Professor Kees van der Pijl of the University of Sussex told RT that the Dutch government never expected that the people would reject the deal. (Russia Today)