Interior minister says referendum could be called over immigration policy
Minister of Interior Milan Chovanec said Sunday that a referendum could be called in the Czech Republic on immigration policy. Speaking on Czech Television’s flagship current affairs programme, Chovanec said he believed that a referendum was an option that could be offered if European Union pressure for a single immigration policy continued. The European Commission this week proposed quotas for countries to accept refugees in a move to relieve the burden of some of the countries facing the most pressure from immigrants, such as Italy and Greece. The Czech government, along with most countries in the region, has already voiced its opposition to quotas but said it is willing to do more to help. Chovanec first mooted a referendum on immigration policy at the end of last year.