Hungary Plans U.K. Media Ads Urging Britons to Remain in EU

  • Hungary will publish adverts in U.K. newspapers on Monday
  • British referendum on EU membership scheduled for June 23

Hungary is starting a media campaign in the U.K., urging the Britons to vote for staying in the European Union in the June 23 referendum, government spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs told state news agency MTI on Sunday.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of the staunchest critics of the EU since sweeping to power in 2010, will address British voters in newspaper advertisements, arguing in favor of Britain’s EU membership. The ads will be published on Monday.

The campaign shows Hungary’s “solid belief in the importance of results achieved by the EU even if we are sometimes at odds with the bloc regarding the future of the continent," Kovacs said.

The most recent polls put “Remain” ahead after earlier surveys showed “Leave” with a lead or gaining ground. Staying in the bloc won 45 percent support in the Survation telephone poll of 1,001 adults on Friday and Saturday for the Mail on Sunday while “Leave” was endorsed by 42 percent.

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