CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra and acting party chairman Marnix van Rij are shocked and disappointed that MP Pieter Omtzigt has terminated his membership. “We cannot but respect his decision, but had hoped for a different outcome,” they write in a statement.
Hoekstra also claims to be abused by Omtzigts decision:
Omtzigt announced this afternoon that he wants to continue as an independent member of parliament, now that a note of him with sharp criticism of the party has been leaked.
Hoekstra and Van Rij write that they have given Omtzigt, who has been sitting at home for a few months overworked, all the space to rest and have had many conversations. “We have tried to do everything we can to prevent this moment. It hurts us as a party that it has to come to an end in this way.”