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Portugal set to have Constitution referendum in April

Portugal is considering having a referendum on the European Constitution in April.

"I believe we will do this in April", Prime Minister Pedro Santana Lopes told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Wednesday.

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  • Portgual - one of several EU states planning a referendum (Photo: European Commission)

"I am sure that a stable majority will vote to ratify" the Constitution, he added.

According to AFP, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rui Gomes da Silva later on Wednesday said that the government was aiming to hold the vote on 10 April.

Portugal is among several member states planning to hold a referendum including

the UK, France, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Spain and Poland.

The document has to be passed by referendum or by parliamentary ratification by all 25 member states before it can come into force.

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