Financial Times: EU citizens want referendum on treaty

Voting in Hackney (source Alex Lee)

By George Parker in Brussels

Published: June 17 2007 18:32 | Last updated: June 17 2007 18:32

Plans by Europe’s leaders to push a reworked European Union constitution on to the statute book without further referendums are strongly opposed by European citizens, according to an exclusive FT/Harris opinion poll.

A total of 75 per cent of Spaniards, 71 per cent of Germans, 69 per cent of Britons, 68 per cent of Italians and 64 per cent of French believe the treaty important enough to warrant a referendum.

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former French president who led the drafting of the original constitution, told Le Monde the public was being led “to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals that we dare not present to them directly”.

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