On Wednesday afternoon, Progress Party (FrP) group in the parliament decided to vote against the parliamentary majority’s agreement to accept 8,000 Syrian refugees to Norway in three years. The decision means an increase of 3,500 compared with the government’s own plans.
FrP described the parliamentary agreement as “irresponsible” and “betrayal” to Norway. Even deputy minister of the party threatened to withdraw from the government. In addition, the party proposes to go to a referendum on the issue during the local elections in the autumn.
However, opposition parties react to the proposal. Christian Democrats leader Hareide describes the idea of the referendum as irresponsible and points out that Norway has little tradition of referendums, by reminding that the last time it happened was more than 20 years ago about EU membership.