There‘s no more breakthrough to be expected in the formation tonight. The spokesperson for informer Remkes has announced that talks will continue Thursday afternoon. All points out that this is a relaunch of the current coalition of VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie.
Earlier in the evening, VVD leader Rutte, D66 leader Kaag and CDA leader Hoekstra left the location of informer Remkes for consultation with their supporters and parliamentary groups.
“The informer has laid down a concrete line of thought and we talked about that,” Rutte said. Furthermore, he wanted little to say about the VVD deliberation. “I can’t say anything about the outcome of our consultation.” But sources say the VVD has agreed to Remkes‘s proposal.
CDA leader Hoekstra has also finished his group consultation. Nothing is known about the outcome of that conversation.
D66 is not out yet and tells you not to cut any knots today. They’ll talk there tomorrow. For D66, the option of a relaunch is the most difficult, because Kaag rejected it right after the election.
This afternoon, nine parties spoke with informer Remkes and each other about the possibilities of political cooperation. These were VVD, D66, CDA, PvdA, GroenLinks, ChristenUnie, Volt, SGP and Den Haan Group.
Remkes wanted the parties from “the broad and constructive center”, to which he also counts the last three, in search of unorthodox ways of cooperation, including an extraparlementary cabinet. This plan is off the table after a ‘confessional procedure‘, where party leaders were allowed to express their opinion one by one.
After the departure of most party leaders at the end of the afternoon, VVD, CDA and D66 leaders consulted for a short time. Then they started talking to their supporters.
Two left-wing parties
The two left-wing parties were positive after the talks ended. “We have reminded us today that we are willing to form the cabinet,” said GroenLinks leader Klaver also on behalf of PvdA leader Ploumen.
But whether the variant Ploumen and Clover are allowed to participate in is still on the table is not clear. Ploumen: “We now have to wait and see what the conclusion of VVD, CDA and D66 is about the talks.”
Whichever variant it is going to be, a cabinet is not there for the time being, because the substantive negotiations are yet to begin.