Parliament rejects constitutional referendum

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24 January 2005, BRUSSELS - Belgium will not have a referendum on the new EU constitution, the parliament has decided.

24 January 2005

BRUSSELS - Belgium will not have a referendum on the new EU constitution, the parliament has decided.

The failure of the Flemish Spirit party to back a plan by the Flemish Liberal (VLD ) group has meant there is no longer a majority in favour of the idea.

Geert Lambert, from the right wing Flemish Volksunie fraction, said Spirit was clearly afraid of debating the issue as it would give a platform to the extreme right Vlaams Belang party to raise the issue of Turkey's EU membership bid.

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Subject: Belgian news

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