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(European Constitution)

Asked for a reaction to Chris Patten’s criticism of the Prime Minister’s decision to hold a referendum on the European Constitution, the PMOS said that Mr Patten was obviously entitled to express his opinion, which we recognised was consistent with his long term view. However, as the Prime Minister had underlined on Friday, while he believed that it was proper for Parliament to scrutinise the Treaty, he felt that it was also right for people to have their say given the controversy around it. This was because he thought that it would offer an opportunity to separate the myth from the reality in terms of what was actually in the Treaty.

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