Post-France - The show must go on
The Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe) are profoundly concerned by the projected NON-vote in today’s referendum in France. This is a European question, and the referendum in France has been fought on principally national grounds.
“This result is a bitter blow for Europe and France – there’s no escaping that,” stated Jon Worth, President of JEF-Europe. “But there are lessons to be learnt.”
“Our reaction must be strong – the ratification process must continue. As federalists we are in favour of a Europe of the people and the states: the Constitution has been written for all European citizens and all of them should have a say on the matter.”
“A final decision should only be taken once all states have attempted ratification.”
“European leaders should take their European commitments seriously and declare that the Constitution should enter into force automatically if we have a majority of states and a majority of citizens in favour. This will make sure that no single country can block the will of the rest.”
Activists of JEF-Europe have been actively campaigning in favour of the European Constitution all across Europe as part of the trans-national YES Campaign.
“While the no side was about grass-roots networks, the yes side relied too heavily on grand speeches by distrusted politicians.”
“Economic difficulties, questions over regulation of immigration, Turkey’s accession, privatization of public services and other nationally-oriented debates that have little to do with the Constitution prevailed. There was little room to make a clear case for Europe,” regretted Jon Worth.
”We need more fire and determination from everyone on the YES side in the future – from the European Institutions, the national governments and parliaments and most importantly civil society.”
“The message of a better Europe that the Constitution brings is strong! We have to explain this to the citizens – starting now!”