By Richard Laming
Published in The Prague Post, 23 December 2004
The future of Europe will move center stage in the next 18 months as the debate about the European constitution heats up. The Czech Republic will probably be one of the final EU member states to ratify — there is a referendum due, promised for June 2006.
But what will that referendum actually be about? What happens if the Czech Republic votes yes, as the present government recommends? And what if it votes no, as the opposition Civic Democrats (ODS) demand?
On the face of it, the issue at stake is very straightforward. There is a new European treaty that amends the previous European treaties by bringing in a constitution for the EU, and each country in the EU has to decide for itself whether it wishes to support it.
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