Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Dutch courage

Leigh Philips over at EU Observer has a fascinating story about moves in Holland to force a new EU Referendum. The unlikely bedfellows calling for this are the PVV of Geert Wilders and the old socialists of the SP.

According to the deputy, the PVV is to propose a specific treaty change itself and not wait for EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy to come back to the European Council in December with fresh proposals for changes, as he was tasked to do by EU premiers and presidents last Friday.

This comes hard on the heels of a proposed referendum suggested by the SP,
The left-wing Socialist Party, one of the leaders of the No campaign in 2005 against the EU constitution, claiming that the dud EU charter had favoured the interests of businesses over citizens, has already endorsed the idea that another referendum should be called.

On Friday, MP Harry Van Bommel, the party's spokesman for EU affairs and the deputy chair of the parliament's standing committee on the same subject, said that if a treaty change is approved by the European Council, it will call for a referendum.

"We are very happy to have the support of the PVV in our push for a referendum," he told EUobserver, "and that they are willing to look into the issue as well."

The denizens of Place Luxembourg are not going to enjoy this. After all the last time the Dutch were allowed to say anything about the EU, well lets put it this way, they didn't really approve.

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