Statement by Prime Minister Rutte on the outcome of the referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

'If this is the outcome, we will have to consider this advice carefully. It implies a political fact that ratification cannot just proceed. But the majority of the people that cast their ballot, have voted against. Will need to follow a step by step approach. The first step will now be to get more clarity on the outcome, after which the cabinet will deliberate and enter into a discussion with parliament, as well as with our European partners and Ukraine. This will process will take time, not just days, probably weeks'. This stated the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, today on his Facebookpage.