About EU notes that the Irish government has bowed to the inevitable and postponed the referendum on the EU’s Constitutional Treaty, as have Portugal and Denmark. Despite the optimistic line in the RTE report – “the ratification process will continue” – the reality is that the deadline for that ratification has been extended.. indefinitely.. the BBC reports more countries have frozen their plans and there will be a review in early(or mid)-2006. – not, seemingly, mid-2007 as RTE reports. France and The Netherlands would have to re-run their referenda before some countries will risk putting the question to the people. The FT reports on the treaty confusion here.