James Forsyth

How is the treaty different from the constitution?

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With these European documents, the devil is always in the detail. Yes, Blair has passed the four tests on his ‘red lines’ that he set himself, but that doesn’t actually mean that much in reality as opposed to political terms. The invaluable think-tank Open Europe has gone through the document with a fine tooth comb and found that beneath the headlines this is a far more similar document to the Constitution, on which the Labour manifesto explicitly promised the public a vote, than the government are suggesting. 

ps If you want to know how the sausage got made over the last few days, I’d thoroughly recommend Mark Mardell and Ben Brogan’s blogs. 

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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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