Hungarian lawmakers approved a government proposal to consult voters on European Union plans to distribute refugees among member states.
The motion to hold a referendum was passed with 136 votes for and five against as lawmakers from the radical Jobbik party joined the ruling Fidesz in support of the ballot. Opposition groups including the largest, the Socialists, didn’t take part.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of the starkest critics of the EU’s Germany-led refugee policy, is seeking to reverse declines in his popularity by keeping Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II on the agenda. The 28-nation bloc’s plans include distributing refugees, many of them from Syria, by quotas based on member states’ economic prowess and imposing a fine on countries that refuse to take part in the program.