Alex Mayer MEP has condemned the Conservatives for cosying up to Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, ahead of a vote censuring the authoritarian regime in the European Parliament.
The Hungarian PM has presided over a regime attacking the independence of the judiciary and the Central European University – which led to protests by Cambridge students and academics.
Ms Mayer says that Members of the European Parliament should take a ‘serious stand’ in opposing the breaches of press, judicial and educational freedoms in Hungary.
Mr Orbán is in Brussels ahead of a crucial vote in the Parliament to trigger a special EU procedure called Article 7.
Article 7 is one of the harshest sanctions available to the European Union, and compels a nation to return to the road of democracy, citizens’ rights and freedom of press or face political and economic consequences.
However British Conservatives are expected to vote against the measures on Wednesday.
Ms Mayer said:
“I am deeply concerned that the Tories are cosying up to Orbán because he is their ally in the pursuit of a hard Brexit and in the process are disregarding serious concerns about the rule of law, freedom of speech and the threat to academic freedom.”