Thursday, 2 June 2005

Government 'scrap' plans for EU constitution referendum

The government have decided to put plans for a referendum on the EU constitution on hold 'indefinitely'.

"Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, said Britain would respect the overwhelming "no" vote in the Dutch referendum. He will make a Commons statement on Monday and is expected to hint that the Bill to implement the referendum will be shelved. Ministers privately admitted last night the UK referendum cannot now go ahead."

To be frank, there probably is little point in staging one, since all 25 member states must ratify the constitution for it to be implemented.

I would have liked a referendum in this country. Yes, the most likely outcome may have been a 'no vote' (perhaps for different reasons than the French electorate). Nonetheless, it would have been nice to express an opinion on whether Parliament should ratify the constitution.