chapter  11
Ratifying the European Constitutional Treaty by referendum: the end of consensus politics?
ByJOOP VAN HOLSTEYN AND HANS VOLLAARD
Pages 21

Introduction Journalists from all over the world had come to the Netherlands to report on the referendum on the European Constitution. The weather was bad and voting was not compulsory, but over 75 percent of the voters turned out to vote and over 90 percent voted in favor of the following question:

Do you take the view that the European nations should from now on serve certain interests jointly, and do you for that purpose want: a united Europe, under a European government, and with democratic representation, to be laid down in a European constitution?