"PININ' for the FJORDS?!? What kind of talk is that?"

RTE with, perhaps, its tongue firmly in its cheek. suggests that supporters of the EU Constitutional Treaty can take some solace from Latvia.. who said “Yes”. Hmmm.. Never mind France, or the Netherlands, then? John Fay picks up on the increasingly appropriate analogy – “Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue..” Meanwhile EU Commission President José Barroso has warned EU leaders not to abandon the treaty yet – “I think it will not be wise [for] leaders to come with new initiatives or unilateral decisions.” – “‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on!”

  • mnob

    … and never mind the fact that the vote was taken in the parliament and not by the people – thats obviously where the French and the Dutch went wrong !!

  • Occasional Commentator (was Commenter)

    What’s the constitutional situation in Spain? Would they be required to hold another referendum if the text was changed?

    Also, I hear a lot of talk about a 2-year time limit on this. I don’t remember seeing that when I read part I of the Constitution. I think I saw something about “it will come into force in 2 years, or after ratification is complete, whichever is later”. i.e. this could be put on ice for a decade and then ratification could restart.

  • Occasional Commentator (was Commenter)

    To answer my own question, a referendum wasn’t and isn’t strictly necessary in Spain. I’m beginning to think that only Ireland needs one if it wants to ratify?

  • John

    I think Denmark may need a referendum as well.

  • Keith M

    I’m afraid I first to used this sketch all of 6 years ago

  • foreign correspondent

    I was told that the referendum in Spain was consultative but not binding, i.e. even if there had been ‘no’ vote the government could still have ratified the constitution. In Spain the left-wing government party and the right-wing opposition party both backed a ‘yes’ vote. The more radically left-wing party were against the constitution.

  • John

    The Dutch referendum was also ‘non-binding’, but all parties agreed before hand that they would follow the will of the people as long as turnout was above 30%. Yesterday’s turnout was around 62% and the Dutch politicians I’ve heard are indicating that as far as they’re concerned, that’s that.

    I also think the main left and right parties were pro-Constitution in Holland, but the more radical left and right parties were opposed.