EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The nightmare scenario of another referendum on a change to the EU treaty in the Netherlands, five years after the country rejected the bloc's proposed constitution, could return to haunt European leaders, with the hard-right Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders on Tuesday (2 November) announcing it is considering proposing just such a vote.Both Geert Wilders' PVV party, on which the governing coalition relies for support, and the Socialist Party have called for a referendum. It all now hinges on the Labour Party:
"It all depends on the Labour party," Mr Van Bommel said. "If the Labour Party backs us, then we have a parliamentary majority. If they don't, it's the opposite."Naturally this won't go down well in the EU. Think of all the time that will be wasted by having to keep re-running the referendum until the 'right' result is achieved. Apparently...
Leaders [Cameron] were petrified that any major change to the EU treaties would set off a chain of referendums in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and possibly elsewhere, which they are convinced they would lose, as voters have their say on how leaders should have handled the economic crisis.It just won't do, allowing us pesky people to have the temerity to say no.
One national diplomat described to this website the unwritten anti-referendum pact reached at the EU summit: "The move was specifically formulated to ensure that there is no possibility whatsoever that there can be any referendums. Whether this will work or not, I don't know."I wonder who was the most enthusiastic to have an unwritten pact.
But I have a suggestion (it's always better to be positive). My suggestion, for this tiresome referendum nonsense, is if the EU leaders are perplexed on how to solve the 'no' problem then perhaps brushing up on their Tintin knowledge may give them some ideas: