Delors sees second French referendum on EU

29th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, April 29 (AFP) - A second referendum could be possible if France was the only country to reject the EU constitution, former French EU Commission president Jacques Delors said Friday.

LONDON, April 29 (AFP) - A second referendum could be possible if France was the only country to reject the EU constitution, former French EU Commission president Jacques Delors said Friday.  

"If France is the only exception, other countries will decide to go on with the consultation in each country and at the end of this process it will be possible to re-examine the situation," Delors said during an interview with BBC radio.  

In this case there could "perhaps" be a second referendum, as "I don't believe France will stop the ratification process", he said.  

Delors, who headed the EU Commission in Brussels between 1985 and 1995, warned it would not be possible to renegotiate the constitutional treaty to which "there is no plan B".  

Since mid-March, nearly two dozen surveys have indicated that a majority of French voters will reject the proposed constitution on May 29, with opposition hovering between 51 and 58 percent.  

The largest growth in the No vote has appeared on the left of the national political spectrum with the opposition Socialist Party (PS) split on the issue.  

The PS party leadership is campaigning for a 'yes' vote, alongside President Jacques Chirac's centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP),  while PS party heavyweights like former prime minister Laurent Fabius are campaigning for the 'no' camp.  

In attempt to rally sceptical Socialist voters, former party leader Lionel Jospin said Thursday a vote against the treaty "would punish France, punish Europe, but not punish the government in office."

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