A majority of MPs on Thursday agreed to press ahead with legislation to stamp out dual nationality and ban the burqa, despite the caretaker status of the government.

Labour MPs sided with the ruling VVD, CDA and anti-Islam PVV to agree not to label the draft laws controversial, which would have put them on ice until after the September general election.

Labour, which opposes both laws, says it took the decision to continue with the legislation so that people who will be affected by the plans know where they stand as soon as possible.

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