Tony Blair and the UK referendum on the European Union’s constitutional treaty

Norman, Peter (2004) Tony Blair and the UK referendum on the European Union’s constitutional treaty. Elcano Newsletter (3). 7 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

The author examines the British government’s decision to put the European Union’s constitutional treaty to a referendum of the British people and the risks this entails for its eventual ratification. Tony Blair’s announcement in April that parliamentary approval of the constitutional treaty will be followed by a referendum was an abrupt, opportunist and wholly unexpected volte-face. The referendum is also a very high risk decision because euro-sceptic forces have grown greatly in Britain since 1973, when the country joined the European Economic Community. Assuming EU leaders can overcome their differences on the constitutional text, securing a “yes” vote in Britain will require a vigorous campaign in support of the treaty. Here the auguries are not good: there was no attempt by the government to sell positively Britain’s negotiating achievements in the Convention. Blair risks being remembered as a pro-European British prime minister who not only failed to take Britain into the euro but jeopardised the eventual entry into force of the EU’s constitution.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europa
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS > COUNCIL OF EUROPE
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL INTEGRATION
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > VOTING
CULTURE; SOCIETY > SOCIETY > SOCIAL PARTICIPATION
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 03:09
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2012 03:09
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/608

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