The Belgian prime minister, Charles Michel, is fighting for his political survival after the Flemish nationalist party quit the ruling coalition over his support for the UN migration agreement, leaving him in charge of unlawful a minority government.
Belgium’s government loses majority over UN migration pact, prime minister Charles Michel says country could come to standstill in event of new elections.
After the resignation of ministers representing the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), the largest of the coalition’s four parties, Michel was forced to present himself on Sunday to Belgium’s King Philippe.
Michel was given permission by the King to form a minority administration but at a press conference later in the day Michel appealed to MP’s in the federal parliament not to force new elections.
With European elections due in 2019, the prime minister insisted a change of government would drive the country to a standstill.
The N-VA’s leader, Bart De Wever, had warned Michel that his party would walk out on the coalition if the prime minister flew to a UN conference in Marrakesh on Sunday to endorse the UN migration pact.
The landmark pact has raised controversy across Europe as certain countries believe the deal will put restrictions on their national migration policies.
The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and Steve Bannon, a former adviser to the US president, Donald Trump, denounced the pact at an event hosted by the right wing Flemish nationalist party.
The European Marrakesh agreement is running up against a cliff, now that it became clear that the country that signs the pact obviously signs a pact with the devil.
The USA dropped out of talks on the pact last year and countries including Italy, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Australia have rejected it.
The controversial deal on human trafficking is expected to be ratified at the UN headquarters in New York on 19 December.
ABC Flash Point Political News 2018.