Nigel Farage warned the Netherlands has been leading attempts to reign in Hungary over its latest anti-LGBTQ law. Mr Farage has predicted the row will intensify over the coming weeks amidst threats from fellow member states to push for the withdrawal of the nation from the union. Hungary is now likely to face a legal challenge at the EU’s highest court.
Speaking to GB News, Mr Farage said: “The other story that’s not making big news but it’s a huge story is a bust-up in the EU of epic proportions between Hungary and in particular The Netherlands.
“The Dutch Prime Minister saying he wants to bring Hungary to its knees over its LGBT policy.
“As ever, there’s often so many stories out there that don’t get covered but that really matter.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was harsh in his response to Hungary’s new law, urging President Orban to either withdraw the legislation or withdraw his country from the European Union.
Speaking to the press at the latest EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, Mr Rutte said: “It was really forceful, a deep feeling that this could not be. It was about our values; this is what we stand for,
“I said ‘Stop this, you must withdraw the law and, if you don’t like that and really say that the European values are not your values, then you must think about whether to remain in the European Union’.”
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel joined in his condemnation of the law, saying Budapest should also be subject to an as-yet untested procedure to cut EU funding for those who violate democratic rules.
Seventeen leaders from across the UK, including Mr Bettel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, signed a letter earlier this week in support of LGBTQ+ rights.
Hungary’s proposed anti-LGBTQ+ law would see the Government ban the use of material in schools seen as promoting homosexuality and gender change.
The UN has joined the EU in denouncing the legislation, warning it will perpetuate stigma and discrimination across the country.
Independent expert Victor Madrigal-Borloz said that the legislation was challenging the “values base” of the EU.
Mr Madrigal-Borloz said: “I urge them to dismantle such criminalisation.
“These criminalising provisions, even when they are not applied, create a context that is hostile to the existence of LGBT persons that is also conducive to blackmail and to significant violence affecting the every day lives of these persons.”