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French Socialists fail to come to Blair's aid on the constitution, but the Tories may yet do so. And Norway is no advertisement for a semi-detached relationship

By Manneken Pis   January 2005

Who will save Tony?  Following the French Socialist party’s decision to back the European constitution, it now looks much more likely that France as a whole will vote “yes,” probably in the spring. And that in turn would mean that the likely British rejection of the treaty in 2006 would leave Britain isolated, and perhaps on its way out of the EU altogether. Of course, we may yet have a bit of company in the rejectionist camp – the Poles, perhaps, or the Czechs or Danes. But in each of these countries the odds seem to favour a “yes” vote.…

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