It is a tragedy and a betrayal for Croatia to sign away its independence, Andrew Brons MEP told the European Parliament last week.
Speaking during a debate on Croatian accession to the EU, Mr Brons said that to ensure its entry into the EU, Croatia has had to pass legislation enforcing social liberalism, hand over its generals to the International Criminal Court and sign up to economic liberalism that “will prevent its government from defending the jobs of its people.
“It is twenty years since Croatia declared its independence, following a 95 percent backing in a referendum, and it fought to defend that independence, its territory and its people,” he said.
Mr Brons accused the Croatian government of misusing public funds to pay for propaganda “dressed up as information to skew the result of the referendum and treating the referendum result as though it were a mere formality.
“That the Treaty will be signed, before the people have spoken in the Referendum, shows a contempt for democracy, for the Croatian people and especially for those who died in Croatia’s war of independence,” he said.
“The Government of Croatia is not content to have used, or rather misused, public funds to pay for propaganda dressed up as information, to skew the result of the referendum.
“It is treating the referendum result as though it were a mere formality. Of course, if there should be a ‘No’ vote, there can always be another referendum and another and another, until they arrive at the right decision. That is the EU way,” Mr Brons said.