The opposition comments on the third referendum question on migrants announced by PiS. “Hutspa, not a referendum” – assessed the deputy marshal of the Sejm, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska (Civic Coalition). According to the head of PSL, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, “the discredited authorities ridicule the idea of direct democracy in order to win the elections.” “The boycott of this political cabaret, and then the settlement of these cabaret artists, is the only right decision,” wrote the deputy head of the Left club, Tomasz Trela.
As reported by the president of PiS Jaroslaw Kaczynski the first question will be: “Do you support the sale of state-owned enterprises?”and the second – as reported by PiS vice-president, former prime minister Beata Szydło – “Are you in favor of raising the retirement age to 60 for women and 65 for men today?”.
The third question was announced on Sunday by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and it will read: Do you support the admission of thousands of illegal immigrants from the Middle East and Africa under the forced relocation mechanism imposed by the European bureaucracy?
The draft EU regulation on migrants, which is still at the stage of work, does not assume the forced admission of migrants, which was explained by the EU Commissioner herself, as well as TVN24 correspondent in Brussels, Maciej Sokołowski.
Kosiniak-Kamysz: discredited power ridicules the idea of direct democracy
Opposition politicians comment on the referendum and the third question revealed on Sunday on social media.
President of the PSL Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz he assessed that “the PiS referendum has as much in common with a real referendum as the electric chair with a comfortable armchair”. “The discredited power ridicules the idea of direct democracy in order to win the elections. It is a mockery of Poles and a mockery of the state,” he wrote on Twitter.
“These are questions about the assessment of PiS’s inefficiency”
Deputy Speaker of the Sejm Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska (Civic Coalition) said on Twitter that it was “hutzpah, not a referendum”. “They are organizing a spectacle of revealing questions, attacking PO in each case and suggesting which answer to choose. In fact, it is about drawing millions more without control for their election campaign. It is destroying democracy and pure theft,” she assessed.
“First, they asked about their own sale of Lotos. Then about the retirement age, which they probably want to raise. Now about refugees – thousands of them brought in,” wrote the PO’s secretary general, Marcin Kierwiński. “What will happen next? The question of whether Poles like inflation and high prices? These are questions about the assessment of PiS’s inefficiency,” he added.
In the opinion of Michał Krawczyk, MP from the Civic Coalition, “PiS is finally slaughtering the idea of a referendum in Poland.” “The ‘referendum’ will always be associated with PiS cabaret” – he added.
Trela: A boycott of this political cabaret is the only right decision
According to the deputy head of the Left Club, Tomasz Trela, “the third question again shows that this referendum is a referendum of fear, fear of losing power by the fraudulent PiS government.” “The boycott of this political cabaret, and then the settlement of these cabaret artists, is the only right decision. We will do it,” he announced.
“PiS has already been shown that its people are able to bring thousands of labor migrants without any coercion. Those who really need help, fleeing from war, rape and hunger, Poles help themselves, most often against the PiS authorities,” said the former prime minister, MEP Marek Belka.
PiS wants a referendum on election day
PiS spokesman Rafał Bochenek informed PAP on Friday that “the referendum resolution will be submitted to the Sejm and will cover four questions that will be systematically presented in the coming days.”
On August 16 and 17, a two-day sitting of the Sejm will take place. According to the schedule, it is to consider, among other things, the application to order a nationwide referendum.
In June, Deputy Prime Minister Kaczyński stated that the issue of relocation of migrants in the EU must be submitted to a referendum. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed the intention to hold the referendum together with the parliamentary elections scheduled for autumn.
Main photo source: PAP/Radek Pietruszka