Don't forget the Dutch referendum

Don't forget the Dutch referendum

Written by Daniel Keohane, 02 May 2005

Three days after the French vote on the EU constitutional treaty on 29 May 2005 the Netherlands will hold its referendum. Current opinion polls predict that the Dutch will reject the treaty. If France votes No, the Dutch result will probably be irrelevant. But if the French vote Yes, the EU could end up facing the tricky new problem of a Dutch No. Such a result might not kill off the constitutional treaty. But as a founding and traditionally influential member of the EU, a Dutch No vote would still represent a major set-back, throwing the whole ratification process into doubt.

Daniel Keohane was a senior research fellow at the CER (2001-2006).