Saturday, 28 May 2005

French EU constitution referendum

A referendum on whether the French parliament should ratify the EU constitution is being held tomorrow.

President Chirac and Prime Minister Raffarin are campaigning for a 'yes' vote. However some opinion polls project a no vote. This is because the French electorate view the constitution as being too 'Anglo-Saxon', in that it may seek to undermine France's social policies and convert it into an economy like the United Kingdom or the United States.

I hope France does vote no, since I oppose this new constitution. Apart from it being too supranational and making member states cede more sovereignty to the EU, I'm against it because it is too interventionist a constitution. I feel it would place a greater amount of regulation on our country, when ideally we should be lessening the amount of regulation within our economy.