Voters Reject EU Constitution: The European Union's Governing Elite Are Stunned by French and Dutch Voters' Rejection of the EU Constitution, but Refuse to Give Up Their Globalist Schemes

By Jasper, William F. | The New American, June 27, 2005 | Go to article overview

Voters Reject EU Constitution: The European Union's Governing Elite Are Stunned by French and Dutch Voters' Rejection of the EU Constitution, but Refuse to Give Up Their Globalist Schemes


Jasper, William F., The New American


First, the French voters shouted a defiant "NON!" Then the Dutch yelled "NEE!" And now the Brits are lined up to roar a resounding "NO !" The ruling classes of the European Union--the politicians, the media commentators and editors, the academicians, the corporate globalists--are astonished and dazed at their defeat on the proposed constitution for the EU. A year ago the conventional wisdom was that of the 25 EU member nations only the stubborn British might fail to ratify the document.

But on May 29, French voters sent a thunderbolt crashing into the Eurocrats' unification schemes, with 55 percent voting thumbs down on the new constitution. Three days later, on June 1, voters in Holland sent an even more thunderous message. With a 63 percent turnout that exceeded all projections, the Dutch rejected the constitution by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent.

The French and Dutch votes are all the more remarkable for two very important reasons: Even though the leading politicians, major parties, and principal media organs in both countries solidly backed a "Yes" vote, the people defiantly and adamantly said "No!" And France and the Netherlands, as two of the six original members that launched the Common Market (which became the EU), have been considered to be among the most "Eurocentric" of the EU member states.

Every one of the 25 countries of the EU must ratify the constitution before it can go into effect. So, it would appear that the EU constitution is dead, right? Indeed, many already have written its obituary. "The French people have given a huge smack in the face to an entire system that has the nerve to tell us what to think," said France's leading "No" campaigner Philippe de Villiers. "The constitution is no more."

After the Dutch vote, Liam Fox, Britain's shadow foreign secretary from the opposition Tory Party was even more emphatic, declaring: "The French voters gave the constitution its death sentence. The Dutch voters have now dealt a fatal blow. The constitution is dead."

"Yes" Means Yes, "No" Means Revote

Others are more cautious about declaring final victory. Jeffrey Titford of the United Kingdom Independence Party and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) warns that the constitution "certainly isn't dead yet." "[The French rejection] is a step in the right direction for those of us who believe that Europe's nations should be independent and self-governing," Titford said. "However," he also noted, "it is highly doubtful whether the architects of the European empire will respect the wishes of the French voters. Sadly, history has shown us that in referendums on EU issues, 'no' does not necessarily mean no. This particular battle has been won but the war itself goes on. The Constitution certainly isn't dead yet...."

Like the vampire in a B-grade horror movie that keeps returning because it hasn't yet had a stake driven through its heart, the EU Constitution will return again. Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg and holder of the rotating EU presidency, suggested that the French could be asked to vote again. "We would have to wait for the end of the ratification process," he told the Belgian daily Le Soir on May 25. "If at the end of it, we don't manage to solve the problems, the countries that have said 'no' should ask themselves the question again."

Shortly before the French vote, with opinion polls showing his pet project headed for defeat, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the former French president and the principal architect of the constitution, addressed the issue about what happens if France or another EU country rejects the constitution. "Those who did not vote for the Constitution, we will ask them to revote," Giscard d'Estaing told France's LCI television.

This revote proposal was echoed by Peter Mandelson, Britain's member of the European Commission, the EU's executive body. Concerning the prospect of a revote, Mandelson said: "I don't think that would be absurd because we would be asking the French people to reflect, to hear the argument or the debate in the rest of Europe and then to have a second opportunity to give their verdict again. …

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