Lubbers: not another EU referendum

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19 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Former prime minister Ruud Lubbers does not think there should be a second referendum on a European constitution. "I strongly advise against a referendum," the prominent Christian democrat (CDA) said on the television programme Buitenhof on Sunday.

19 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Former prime minister Ruud Lubbers does not think there should be a second referendum on a European constitution. "I strongly advise against a referendum," the prominent Christian democrat (CDA) said on the television programme Buitenhof on Sunday.

The Dutch population rejected the European constitution in a referendum in 2005. Lubbers does not think a new constitutional treaty should even be drawn up. He thinks it much more important that the EU countries come to agreement on further enlargement, climate policy and asylum and immigration problems.

Lubbers ascribed the opposition to the EU constitution mainly to the public's uncertainty in the past about the enlargement of the union. Lubbers said: "Draw a line at Eastern Europe. With regard to Turkey I've said time and again: take it slow."

Lubbers thinks Turkish accession should only be possible in 10 to 20 years from now.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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