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Sweden's ruling party in battle over EU poll

Individual members of Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats have launched a new initiative to force the party to call for a referendum on the EU constitution.

Headed by Social Democrat MP Sören Wibe, the new initiative has spotted a rarely used paragraph in the party statutes, which has not been employed since 1922.

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It allows for just five per cent of party members to call for a referendum, meaning that 7,000 party members must sign the current petition to secure the vote.

The majority of the Swedish parliament is opposed to holding a referendum on the draft treaty.

"The decision on a new Constitution for the EU is of such importance that it must be rooted in the people", Mr Wibe said when launching the initiative today (3 May) in Stockholm.

He is preparing for a battle in three stages.

"First we must gather the names. Second we must win the vote among party members. Third we must win the referendum", he said, according to Dagens Nyheter.

A majority of the Swedes voted against the euro in a referendum in September 2003.

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