Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Giscard begs for the EU constitution to be voted on.

EU: This is some fine rationalization and hubris.

The architect of the EU constitution and former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing has called for the charter to be ratified in France through a new referendum or a parliamentary vote. Mr Giscard d'Estaing was the chairman of the European Convention, a body of EU politicians which presented the draft EU constitution in 2003, and has since been lobbying for his text despite "no" votes on the charter in France and the Netherlands last year. The French politician again strongly defended the constitution in an interview with the FT on Tuesday (23 May). "It is not France that has said no. It is 55 percent of the French people - 45 percent of the French people said yes," he said. "I wish that we will have a new chance, a second chance, for the constitutional project." Mr Giscard d'Estaing indicated that the treaty could be put to French voters in a second referendum, or be ratified by the French parliament. "People have the right to change their opinion. The people might consider they made a mistake," he said on a possible new referendum. On the parliamentary option, he stated "If we had chosen to have a parliamentary vote last year the constitution would have been easily adopted. It is the method that has provoked the rejection

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