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Hungary FURIOUS with EU as officials ‘prepare ULTIMATUM to make Orban take more migrants’

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HUNGARIAN officials have hit back at the European Union (EU) following reports claiming the country will be forced into accepting its share of migrants in accordance with a redistribution scheme.

The country has been issued an ultimatum over the ongoing dispute and faces being booted out of the bloc if it resists.

Pal Volner, state secretary at the Hungarian Justice Ministry, issued a statement saying the report was an attempt by Brussels to put pressure on the European Court of Justice ahead of upcoming proceedings, where Hungary, Slovakia and Poland will attempt to overturn the migrant quota mechanism.

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Mr Volner added that the statements “grossly violate” the court’s independence and are designed to “entice” Hungary into the “migrant business”.

The comments come in response to an article in the Times which quoted a senior diplomatic source as saying the EU’s leading members – France and Germany – as well as 21 other countries, are preparing to issue ultimatums to Hungary and Poland.

The insider said: “They will have to make a choice: are they in the European system or not? You cannot blackmail the EU, unity has a price”.

According to the same source, there is little doubt that the court will reaffirm the legality of the quota scheme, thus siding with the founding members and majority of the bloc.

The court is set to hear the case from May, and a verdict is expected next year.

The EU’s migrant redistribution scheme was unveiled in 2015, and was designed to relieve pressure on countries like crisis-torn Greece and cash-strapped Italy where most migrants first land after their perilous journeys across the Mediterranean.

In 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned all EU countries to accept their “fair share” and resettle refugees and also possibly take them in from Turkey.

The stark reminder came after figures showed only three per cent of the initial target was met in the first 12 months after the scheme was announced.

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