September 22, 2016 / 1:11 PM / in 2 years

Hungary could propose EU law changes after October referendum - PM aide

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary’s government could propose changes to the country’s constitution or to European Union law if an Oct. 2 referendum on migrant quotas is valid, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff Janos Lazar said on Thursday.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

“In case the referendum is valid and successful, that will authorise the government to either propose amending the Hungarian constitution or the European legal framework,” Lazar told a news conference.

The result of the referendum will stand if more than half of Hungary’s 8 million voters cast valid ballots.

The daily Nepszabadsag reported on Wednesday that Budapest could call for changes to the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to strengthen members’ sovereign powers if it wins a clear victory in the referendum on rejecting migrant quotas.

Reporting by Gergely Szakacs and Krisztina Than; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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