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European leaders have drawn up a secret plan to rescue the EU constitution if France votes narrowly against it in next week's referendum.
Until now senior EU figures, including José Manuel Barroso, the commission president, have said that there is no "plan B" if the French reject the constitutional treaty next Sunday, suggesting that it will effectively be killed off by a No vote. The Sunday Telegraph has established, however, that the 25 EU members plan to issue an emergency joint statement if rejection is by a small margin.
The statement would insist that the constitution, the blueprint for the EU's political future, lives on and that ratification must continue. The treaty has to be endorsed by all 25 states to take effect.
A [young man] in favor of the NO to the referendum over the European Constitution caused an incident at the [French] Senate by undressing (...).
The man, whose political leanings are unknown, had the word "no" written in black letters on his butt.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Who do you think has the passion to get out the votes in this fight? As an American looking in, it seems from what I see that it's the "NO" side, but I could be wrong...
Under the plan, the treaty would be voted on again by the French after its ratification by all other EU states.
However, if France votes against the treaty by a big majority, a possible outcome dubbed a "grand Non", many EU leaders accept that the constitution would in effect be dead, and it would be futile to try to shore it up with an emergency statement