Separatist motion rejected

23rd November 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 November 2007, BRUSSELS - A motion calling for the partition of Belgium that was tabled by the far-right party Vlaams Belang has been voted down by the Chamber of Representatives. Thursday afternoon's vote means that the motion will not be discussed by MPs and consequently that no further vote will take place on its separatist contents.

23 November 2007

BRUSSELS - A motion calling for the partition of Belgium that was tabled by the far-right party Vlaams Belang has been voted down by the Chamber of Representatives. Thursday afternoon's vote means that the motion will not be discussed by MPs and consequently that no further vote will take place on its separatist contents.

This is being seen by Francophones as an important peace gesture. Most Flemish MPs voted against a consideration of the motion in Parliament.

Vlaams Belang voted in favour and the Flemish nationalists and three Flemish Christian democrats abstained. The vote provides Francophones with a strong signal that the Flemings still want Belgium to continue to exist.

Francophone politicians like liberal leader Didier Reynders have been asking their Flemish counterparts for such a signal ever since the Flemings used their parliamentary majority to push through proposals to split the Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde parliamentary constituency.

The motion called for the immediate preparations to be made for the partition of Belgium "in order that the country's three peoples, the Flemings, the Walloons and the German-speakers would be able to choose their own destiny".

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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