Dutch referendum on Ukraine treaty will test anti-EU sentiment

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  • Thursday, 07 Apr 2016

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (R) shakes hands with school children after casting his vote for the consultative referendum on the association between Ukraine and the European Union, in the Hague, the Netherlands, April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government said on Wednesday it could not ignore the resounding "No" in a non-binding referendum on the European Union's association treaty with Ukraine, but that it may take weeks to decide how to respond.

Although the results were preliminary, they exposed dissatisfaction with the Dutch government and policy-making in Brussels - signalling a anti-establishment mood in a founding EU member weeks before Britain votes on membership.

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