EKRE: Estonia's membership of EU requires new referendum

  • 2017-04-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - A new referendum must be held on the membership of Estonia in the European Union, a statement adopted by the congress of the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) on Sunday says.

"We are following with concern developments in the European Union and see a threat to our continued existence as a nation if consolidation of power into the hands of undemocratic European Commission continues," it stands in the statement. According to EKRE, what threatens the future of the EU is not so much the withdrawal of the UK, but subsequent attempts to transform the EU into a big state.

"It is clear that many a freedom loving nation will start leaving a union like this," the statement adopted at the congress of the party in the southern city of Tartu says.

"We see serious challenges to our security both when the European union hijacks matters of national defense from the member states, as well as when the union disintegrates," the statement says, also accusing the EU of "favoring mass immigration and Islamization under the banner of openness, imposing an agenda of homosexualism on the people in the name of tolerance, bringing decision-making about taxes and budgets to the centers, and keeping areas situated in the periphery at leash by means of a bureaucratic and corrupt system of subsidies.

The statement describes as "appalling" the prospect that the national defense of Estonia will be subjected to common decision-making by 27 member states. "This means that in the event of a military attack we will not put up resistance immediately but will wait until the French, the Germans, the Greek, the Spaniards and the rest will decide whether or how to react. It also means that we will be forced to take part in the wars of the major European countries in Africa and the Middle East," the statement says.

EKRE said that it views intense cooperation among countries of Europe in the fields of economy and security as essential in advancing the national interests of Estonia.

"But we will not accept the status of a province in a big state because that can be arrived at only after democracy has been impaired. Being part of a multicultural monster like this would inevitably mean the demise of the Estonian people within a few generations," the statement says. "We consider it vital that, under conditions of deepening integration, a new referendum be held on the subject of the membership of Estonia [in the EU]."