We know that the British referendum on the European Constitution will not be held before the general election, expected in the ﬁrst half of the year, and is unlikely to be held during Britain’s presidency of the European Union (EU) in the second half. Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has said it will be in the ﬁrst part of 2006. But that has been queried by those Downing Street sources I was once a part of, and by those Treasury sources which can leave you scarred for life.
European Union Constitution Treaty: Perilous to Say No
Lucky Lithuanians: they were the ﬁrst of the European Union’s twenty-ﬁve member states to ratify the treaty for the new constitution, and by parliamentary process, not a referendum. Ten other members will have referendums, starting this month with Spain. Spain ﬁrst. Britain last?