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The race to come last So Britain will finally have a referendum – but about the constitution, not the euro. British officials in Brussels, although talking bravely of winning the argument over Europe, are hoping that somebody else will lose it first. If a British referendum is held some time after the next election – safely in the second half of 2005 or later – the hope is that the constitution will already have been given the thumbs down somewhere else, saving the British from the odium of scuppering the great document. The only snag is that all the other…

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