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27th May 2019

Chirac favours referendum on EU constitution

  • JACQUES CHIRAC - French president is logically in favour of a referendum (Photo: European Commission)

Speaking to journalists at the Thessaloniki Summit, French president Jacques Chirac indicated that he could accept a referendum on the constitution.

"I am logically in favour of a referendum. It would be the only legitimate way - but it is not a thing I alone can decide here tonight, it requires political negotiations.

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At the moment Denmark and Ireland are the only countries definitely going to have a referendum on the new EU treaty.

Discussions on the issue are on-going in several member states.

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