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Hungarian voters reject EU migrant plan

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>> Hungarians have overwhelmingly voted no to accepting migrants as proposed under the EU's quota system. The turnout was low, just shy of the 50% needed to make the result valid. I'm Reuters Emily Wither in the capital of Budapest at the election center where the counting took place. Despite the low turnout, the prime minister, Viktor Orban, has declared the results of the referendum a success.
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> This has been a major achievement, because more people voted against the quotas than voted to join the EU in the first place.>> The way the question was worded went much deeper than migrants. Like Brexit, it was a way to say no to Brussels. Orban sees himself as the leader of a counter-revolution in Europe to return power to EU capitals.
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There have been small demonstrations in the days leading up to this to protest the vote. Despite a police ban, the group gathered outside the country's parliament earlier. One of the organizers described the mood.>> There's a huge hype that people should be afraid on every corner. And that the migrants will just sweep over the country, and that's the end of European civilization and Christianity as such.
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Which is absurd because as I said, there are very few migrants. So it's really just out in the media. But in the media, this is the biggest campaign I've seen in Hungary in my whole life.>> The question now is what does this mean for the rest of Europe?
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Legally, there are no consequences, but this is the third referendum now this year rejecting EU policies, following Britain's vote to leave in June and Dutch voters' rejection of a trade agreement in April. It begs the questions whether others will follow, and with the rise of anti-immigrant parties across the continent, it's possible the EU will need to rethink it's plan to deal with the increasing numbers of migrants.