EP: Six nations must reject EU treaty

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30 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — If six or more European Union member states reject the EU Constitution, the treaty will be automatically discarded.

30 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — If six or more European Union member states reject the EU Constitution, the treaty will be automatically discarded.

However, representatives of the European Commission (EC) and the European Parliament (EP) said on Monday if five or less nations reject the treaty, internal EU consultations will need to be held.

"Six member states must say 'no' before the constitution can be completely rejected," EP chairman Josep Borrell said.

He cited Declaration 30 in the draft constitution which states if 20 of the 25 member states reject the treaty, EU leaders must then discuss the situation.

It is unclear what that could lead to, but EU President and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker has suggested that the nations that voted no could be asked to go back to the polls.

The constitution can then be enacted if every member state approves of it.

A spokesman for the EC quoted the same declaration, stressing that EU leaders are obligated to try and salvage the treaty. That obligation is not legally-binding however.

In theory, other EU countries can also refuse to ask their voters or parliament to vote on the constitution now that France has rejected it.

Fearing a domino effect after the French 'non', the EU is now looking to the Netherlands, which will vote on the constitution on Wednesday.

And a regular EU quarterly meeting on 16-17 June has been transformed into a crisis summit following the French result.

The importance of that meeting could grow substantially if the Dutch vote against the treaty also.

Referendums on the constitution follow later this year also in Luxembourg, Denmark and Portugal.

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