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To avoid a referendum on a new "mini-treaty," Gordon Brown may need the help of the Lib Dems. But will Britain's most Europhile party put Europe before vox populi?

By Manneken Pis   July 2007

All eyes on the Liberal Democrats

Given his dislike of EU ministerial meetings and habit of preaching to his colleagues, Gordon Brown may not be a Eurocrats’ idea of an ideal British premier. But by comparison with more rabble-rousing Eurosceptic leaders, such as Poland’s president Lech Kaczynski or the Czech Republic’s Václav Klaus, he is at least regarded as amenable to reason. So the question now being asked is whether Britain’s new prime minister can deliver on any promises he may make on a new “mini-treaty” designed to replace the European constitution. Britain made it clear months ago that…

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