Deutsch told a press conference that Hungarian voters had tasked the government with preventing further migration to Europe and protecting Europe’s Christian way of life as well as Hungary’s national interests. He said the European Union should introduce a new rule banning the mandatory resettlement of migrants and requiring measures to bolster the bloc’s external borders. Asylum applications, he added, should be assessed beyond the external border and illegal immigrants returned to their country of origin. Deutsch said it was likely the government and Fidesz would come under harsh attack in the debate on such a regulation.
Meanwhile, on the topic of the next 2021-2027 EU budget, he called for a fair budget that took into consideration Hungarian citizens’ interests. The budget itself should be reduced only to the degree Brexit would affect it, and cohesion as well as farm and rural development funds should stay level with current funding, he said, adding that EU climate commitments needed new sources of funding.