No new referendum on Europe

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007, THE HAGUE – The cabinet does not want a second referendum on the future of Europe, the Volkskrant reports. On Friday the cabinet meeting will most likely decide that the new European treaty to replace the rejected European Constitution will only be put before Parliament.

20 September 2007

THE HAGUE – The cabinet does not want a second referendum on the future of Europe, the Volkskrant reports. On Friday the cabinet meeting will most likely decide that the new European treaty to replace the rejected European Constitution will only be put before Parliament.

Sources close to the government have reported this. Prime Minister Balkenende in particular is reportedly fiercely opposed to a second referendum, after the first resulted in a clear "no" to the constitution in 2005.

"Balkenende did his utmost to reach a new treaty that does right by the public's objections to the Constitution," insiders say. They expect the cabinet will be unanimous in its decision.

Parliament could oppose the cabinet's decision and organise a referendum. Coalition party PvdA, which could help the proponents in Parliament form a majority, is leaving its options open at the moment.

PvdA faction leader Jacques Tichelaar said on Wednesday in Parliament that he wants to wait for the government's verdict, and the recommendation from the Council of State which the cabinet has taken into consideration, before making a decision. Earlier this year Tichelaar said that he could think of no reason not to hold a referendum.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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