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    'We Will Show Brussels It Can't Ignore Hungary's Will' - PM After Refugee Vote

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    The Hungarian prime minister pledged to do his best to make Brussels respect Budapest's will.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — The Hungarian authorities will continue to resist the European Union's proposal to redistribute undocumented migrants arriving in thousands across the bloc even after the country's referendum on the issue failed in light of the insufficient turnout, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Monday.

    "Brussels can't impose its will on Hungary. The choice was between Brussels and Budapest, and people chose Budapest," Orban was quoted as saying by Austria Presse Agentur.

    The turnout for the referendum stood at almost 38 percent, which is well below a 50-percent threshold necessary for a vote to be valid. Reportedly, Orban is expected to introduce an amendment to the country's constitution to make the results of the referendum valid.

    "We will show Brussels that it cannot ignore Hungary's will. I'll do everything to guarantee it doesn't happen," the prime minister said.

    Of those 3.1 million Hungarians who cast their vote in the referendum, over 98 percent said they were against the migrant quota system.

    The European Commission came up with plan to relocate 160,000 migrants from Italy and Greece across the bloc, sharing the burden of the huge migrant influx into the bloc. Under the initiative, Hungary is supposed to host around 1,300 migrants.

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