French say -- EU? -- PU!
By an overwhelming majority, the French voters have delivered a resounding "non" to the EU Constitution at the polls. Voters on the left and the right had differing reasons for rejecting the unwieldy Constitution which ran to over 500 pages, but were united in their opposition to it.
Looks like it's back to the drawing board for the Eurocrats. This monstrosity of a Constitution was a nightmare of statism and bureaucratic meddling in the everyday affairs of sovereign nation states. Let's hope they have a good think on this and come up with a better solution.
The Washington Post has the details:
PARIS -- French voters rejected the European Union's first constitution Sunday, a stinging repudiation of President Jacques Chirac's leadership and the ambitious, decades-long effort to further unite the continent.
With 92 percent of votes counted, the treaty was rejected by 56.14 percent of voters, the Interior Ministry said. It was supported by 43.86 percent.
"There is no more constitution," leading opponent Philippe de Villiers said. "It is necessary to reconstruct Europe on other foundations that don't currently exist."