Laura Huhtasaari, a 40-year-old first-term Member of the Parliament from Pori, has come out of the gates swinging after being unveiled as the presumptive presidential nominee of the Finns Party.
“The EU is a problem,” she retorted in a press conference organised in Helsinki on 4 August, 2017. “More and more people are starting to understand that we’re part of a distant and bureaucratic system of administration against our will. The Finnish public didn’t vote for joining this kind of a federalist EU in 1994.”
She stated that it is the responsibility of the president to protect the sovereignty of Finland and promised to do her utmost to “restore this national sovereignty” if she is confirmed as the presidential candidate of the opposition party.
The Finns Party’s party council will make a final decision on the nomination in September.
Huhtasaari estimated that the country should have decided against joining the EU similarly to Denmark, Iceland and Norway, but stopped short of promising to campaign on a membership referendum.
“EU membership isn’t currently in the best interests of Finland. We must now wait for Brexit to happen and make room for a debate on withdrawal from the EU, because I’m not intent on losing the referendum,” she replied to enquiries from the press.
She also seemingly questioned the legitimacy of the decision to join the eurozone by estimating that “lawyer tricks” were used to orchestrate the country into the monetary union.
“We’ve since slipped deeper into a federalist project, the objective of which is to deprive our country of the last bits of sovereignty and characteristics of a national state. We’ve had to pay for the eurozone crisis and become guarantors of an open cheque for a final sum that’s still unknown,” said Huhtasaari.
Finland should according to her restore border controls to its western border and turn back asylum seekers arriving from safe countries such as Sweden. Finns, she said, have “become aliens in their own country”.
“A small country should direct its limited funds to its own citizens,” she stated.
Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, revealed that he decided not to take on the candidacy himself in order to be able to focus on leading the Finns Party. He also estimated that there are no marked differences between his views and those of Huhtasaari.
“The Finnish state exists first and foremost to protect and defend Finns and the Finnish way of life,” he commented on Friday.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi