24 January 2005
BRUSSELS – Belgium will not have a referendum on the new EU constitution, the parliament has decided.
The failure of the Flemish Spirit party to back a plan by the Flemish Liberal (VLD ) group has meant there is no longer a majority in favour of the idea.
Geert Lambert, from the right wing Flemish Volksunie fraction, said Spirit was clearly afraid of debating the issue as it would give a platform to the extreme right Vlaams Belang party to raise the issue of Turkey’s EU membership bid.
[Copyright Expatica 2005]
Subject: Belgian news