Parliament recalls that Hungary's accession to the European Union "was a voluntary act based on a sovereign decision, with a broad consensus across the political spectrum" and underline that any Hungarian government has a duty to eliminate the risk of a serious breach of the EU's values.
Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett urged the PM to speak out against Viktor Orban's administration. "They made it clear that human rights, the rule of law and democratic values are not up for negotiation", she said.
"During the election campaign we discussed all of the issues -- including the CEU, the NGOs. and the people decided on these issues", Orban said Tuesday after the debate in Strasbourg.
But on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, he refused to condemn the right wing prime minister directly, saying a "long-standing principle of a number of MEPs from different countries" was not to interfere in the "internal democracy" of other states.
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Mr Szijjarto said Hungary was considering legal options to appeal against the result because of the way the vote was tallied.
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The move dealt a stunning political blow to Prime Minister Orban, who had told the parliament a day earlier that a scathing report leading to the vote was an insult to Hungary's honour and people.
"The pro-immigration side took revenge by cheating", said Magyar Idok, a daily newspaper considered a government mouthpiece.
It introduced a law which made it a criminal offence for lawyers and activists to help asylum seekers, under the banner of "facilitating illegal immigration".
"Orban and his Fidesz party lost in European parliament, and Hungary has won". This could eventually lead to sanctions, such as the suspension of the voting rights in the Council. The EU member states may also choose to address recommendations to Hungary to counter the risk.
As abstaining votes had not been counted, he said that changed the outcome of the vote.
However, the Tory MEPs had stressed their vote should not be seen as a backing of Mr Orban.
A source told the Press Association Mr Gove's "instinct" was to be "critical" of Mr Orban.
Both Salvini and Strache said they plan to promote the cooperation between their parties for the May election.