"French and Dutch votes should not dictate to rest of EU""French and Dutch votes should not dictate to rest of EU". Translation from Eurocrat Newspeak to English: The will of the people should not dictate our feudal overlords in Brussels. How dare we think for ourselves and question their judgment?
French and Dutch votes should not dictate to rest of EU, says Pottering
France may consider pursuing the EU constitution once again in 2007, after its general elections, the leader of the centre-right group in the European Parliament has indicated. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday (31 August), Hans-Gert Pottering said "the signals I'm hearing from France is that under a new president from 2007, there will be a new route possible [for the constitution] in France too". He added that a path must be sought that will allow the adoption of the constitution despite the French and Dutch rejection of it. His comments reflect what many analysts say privately - that French president Jacques Chirac is likely to lose the elections in two years paving the way for a new president and then a possible re-run of a referendum on the EU charter. Both rejections came within days of each other before the summer break, leaving the EU reeling. Some commentators believe that the only way to revive the document - over which member states are currently having a 'period of reflection' - is for the French and the Dutch to vote again. This would help fulfil the necessary criterion that all member states have to approve the document, whether via parliament or referendum, before it comes into force. However, even if that were to happen, generally more eurosceptic states such as the UK, Denmark and the Czech Republic are also set to put the constitution to a referendum. To date, 13 of the 25 member states have ratified the constitution. Mr Pottering also indicated that voters in France and the Netherlands should not be allowed to "dictate" to the rest of Europe. "We can't let the French and Dutch no votes mean that there is a no as a consquence in all the other member states", said the veteran leader, adding that parts one and two of the constitution - the bones of the treaty - must be "turned into political reality".