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18th Sep 2019

Simple question for UK in Constitution referendum

  • The UK referendum is set to be the toughest fought in the EU (Photo: EUobserver)

In order to avoid accusations of manipulation, UK ministers have decided to ask a very straightforward question in the referendum on the EU Constitution, according to the Financial Times.

"Should the United Kingdom approve the Treaty establishing a Constitution for the European Union?", is the question that is to face UK voters.

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The exact wording of the question will be decided later today. But since the bill will not be published before next year, there is still a possibility that the wording could be changed.

Simple wording is seen as a victory for Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Some wanted to add that the constitution had been endorsed by parliament.

Recent polls suggest that a majority of UK citizens are against the Constitution, which has to be ratified by all member states before it comes into force.

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