High court rejects referendum on EU constitution

28th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 April 2005, KARLSRUHE - Germany's high court on Thursday rejected an injunction that would have prevented the federal parliament from ratifying the proposed European Union constitution next month.

28 April 2005

KARLSRUHE - Germany's high court on Thursday rejected an injunction that would have prevented the federal parliament from ratifying the proposed European Union constitution next month.

The injunction, brought by an opposition conservative member of the German parliament, called on Monday for the Federal Constitutional Court to block parliamentary ratification and thus pave way for a popular referendum on the issue.

The court turned down the injunction request, saying the Bundestag parliament was within its constitutional rights to ratify the draft constitution.

Bavarian lawmaker Peter Gauweiler, representing the Christian Social Union (CSU), had argued that the issue of ratification should be left up to German voters in a national referendum, as is being done in France and Britain.

Gauweiler staunchly opposed Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's plan for ratifying the proposed constitution in the Bundestag parliament.

He dismissed Schroeder's claims that Germany's constitution does not make provision for public referendum balloting. Gauweiler said the EU treaty is an unusual case and a vote should be allowed.

All 25 member states must approve the EU treaty for it to become law.

DPA

Subject: German news

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