Belgium: “We will not sign this (UN) document.”
Boom, right in the heart of Brussels. Who would have thought that Belgium would follow the lead of Viktor Orban? Guy Verhofstadt must be livid.
– The New Flemish Alliance, a nationalist and conservative political party in Belgium, has refused to sign the United Nations Pact on Migration, reports Le Soir quoting Belgian newspapers De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad and Het Belang van Limburg.
“We will not sign this document”, confirmed the spokesperson for the Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification and New Flemish Alliance politician Theo Francken.
In September, the pro-EU prime minister, Charles Michel, promised that, “My government will sign the global pact on migration in Marrakesh in December.”
However, without the backing of his main coalition party, he will not have the authority to sign.
According to the New Flemish Alliance party, the Global Pact for Migration is in conflict with the Belgian government’s own governing accords, established in 2014. The pact would also help perpetuate the “illegal migration chaos” which is at present “destroying Europe.”
* The V4 Report had heard good things about the New Flemish Alliance, but we are still somewhat shocked. Belgium?