The Dutch nation saying ‘no’ might put an end to the European Union’s Association Agreement with Ukraine, FM Bert Koenders said, adding that he would argue for a 'yes’ vote, Reuters reported.
“The referendum law says the government will have to reconsider if there is a [negative] outcome. I'm not going to say anything about the result, but we will then decide what to do,”
The Netherlands is the only EU country, which has not yet ratified the Ukraine-EU association deal.
The government decided to hold a non-binding referendum after over 450,000 people signed a petition to put the matter to a nationwide vote.
If no less than 30 percent of people take part in the plebiscite, scheduled for April, the government will have to discuss the matter.
According to the latest opinion polls over 55 percent of the Dutch are going to vote against and only 44.5 will vote for Ukraine’s proposed association with the 28-nation European Union.