EU warns of 'big crisis' if France rejects treaty

23rd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, May 23 (AFP) - The European Union will be plunged into a "big crisis" if French voters reject the new constitution next weekend, the bloc's Luxembourg presidency said Monday.

BRUSSELS, May 23 (AFP) - The European Union will be plunged into a "big crisis" if French voters reject the new constitution next weekend, the bloc's Luxembourg presidency said Monday.  

Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, speaking as he arrived for a regular meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels, lamented that the French referendum was being clouded by domestic political protest.  

"They have to understand they vote about Europe and not the future of their internal politics," he said.  

Asselborn warned of grave consequences if French voters reject the treaty.  

"We will enter a big crisis. There is no easy way out, and that is what Europe doesn't really need now," he told reporters, adding: "There is no alternative to a 'yes'."  

Two new French opinion polls Sunday gave the "no" camp 52 percent against 48 percent for supporters of the treaty, bringing to seven the number of surveys in the last week to predict a victory for the opposition.   

The constitution, designed to prevent decision-making gridlock in the expanding, 25-nation bloc, must be ratified by all member states to come into force.

 

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