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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Non to EU Constitution

BBC reports that the French vote was decisive. Link.
French voters have overwhelmingly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution in a key referendum.

With 85% of votes counted the "No" vote stood at almost 56%, according to interior ministry figures.

The vote could deal a fatal blow to the EU constitution, which needs to be ratified by all 25 members states.
What this deals a large blow to are the European elites, not to the EU. The media all seem to equate this constitution with the EU. They are not the same. What the French rejected, and the voters in several other EU countries soon will reject is this specific constitution, not the idea of a constitution in general. Anyone who struggled through this excruciatingly long and complex document would see that it was a constitution for a Socialist Union, not for a democratic EU. The unelected bureaucrats would have become more solidified as total dictators.

This is not a defeat for the EU, but a victory. The people want a simple, democratic constitution. The elites must scrap this one, start from scratch, and write a new constitution that will be acceptable to the people, not only to the elites.

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