Small majority for EU referendum

26th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 June 2007, AMSTERDAM – A narrow majority of the Dutch thinks that a referendum on the new EU treaty should be held. A poll by Maurice de Hond indicated on Tuesday that 51 percent wants a referendum, compared to 47 percent that does not.

26 June 2007

AMSTERDAM – A narrow majority of the Dutch thinks that a referendum on the new EU treaty should be held. A poll by Maurice de Hond indicated on Tuesday that 51 percent wants a referendum, compared to 47 percent that does not.

If a referendum is held, significantly more people say they plan to vote in favour rather than against (46 percent versus 29 percent).

Most of those who oppose a referendum are supporters of the coalition parties Christian Democrat CDA and ChristenUnie and green-left GroenLinks voters.

The cabinet first wants to put the text of the treaty before the Council of State before taking a decision on whether to hold a referendum.

Parliament can also initiate a referendum, as it did in 2005. At that time a majority of the Dutch voted against the EU constitution.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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