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European Constitution

Asked if we were anticipating any progress on the European Constitution at the European Council in Brussels at the end of the week, the PMOS said that the stumbling block at the previous European Council last December had been the issue of vote-weighting. The Irish Presidency had been conducting talks with the countries at the sharp end of that particular debate. People would have to be patient and wait for their report to the Council. No one had ever anticipated that there would be an agreement on the issue or conclusion of the IGC this week. Asked if he was indicating that it would be a ‘reporting’ rather than a ‘decision-making’ summit, the PMOS said that by the end of the Council, he thought there would be a clearer sense of whether the Irish Presidency considered it worthwhile to push for the conclusion of the IGC in the first half of this year.

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  1. For those who haven’t done so, I’d recommend trying to read the EU constitution. It’s enormous and — to a non-specialist like me, anyway — largely incomprehensible. When we have a referendum on it, I’m going to vote against it unless they can get it down to two sides of A4 — or preferably one.

    Comment by Chris Lightfoot — 22 Mar 2004 on 9:22 pm | Link
  2. I agree
    Constitutions should be as short as possible
    ie. We elect people by FPTP and have a PM and cabinet
    They shouldn’t talk about religion, cars defence or anything like that (like the EU one does) because it just gets to complicated.
    Lokk at America now their not allowed to ban guns.

    Comment by John Murphy — 23 Mar 2004 on 6:45 am | Link

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