A proposal by the Austrian government to stop participating in the European Union’s fake refugee “redistribution plan” has been rejected as illegal by the EU and by the leader of by the government’s alliance partner.
Reports that Austria had already withdrawn from the program are however incorrect, as Kern himself confirmed this week, telling the Handelsblatt newspaper that they were still examining the legal framework to see if “we will get an exception or a delay.”
He added that he wants to send a formal letter to the EU with his request, and is hoping for a positive response. However, he said, Austria does not want to provoke a legal clash. “We are not agent provocateurs,” he said.
However, an EU Commission spokesman in Brussels has already dismissed the idea, according to Handelsblatt.
“This means that Austria is expected to fulfill its legal obligation,” the spokesman said, adding that “no country could withdraw without consequences,” and that any move in this regard by Austria would be “outside the law.”
Even the SPÖ’s coalition partner, the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), has dismissed the proposal as legally impossible.
“I do not believe this can succeed,” Kern’s deputy, Vice-Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner (ÖVP) was quoted by Handelsblatt as saying.
“The EU is a legal construct with legal rules that must be followed,” Lopatka said, saying that Kern’s proposal was “legally irrelevant.”
Kern’s proposal is based on the fact that Austria had already received a one-year postponement for participation in the program. This was granted because Austria had already taken in over 130,000 nonwhite invaders pretending to be refugees in 2015 alone.
This year, however, the EU plan is to force Austria to take in another 2,000 refugees moved from their invasion landing spots in Italy and Greece.
Lopatka pointed out that Hungary and Slovakia have already refused to participate in the “relocation program” and that if Austria adopted a similar position, Kern would find himself in the “same boat as with [Prime Minister of Slovakia] Robert Fico and [Hungarian Prime Minister] Victor Orban, and I do not think the Chancellor would feel comfortable there.”