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EU constitution: next steps
The EU constitution agreed in June 2004 is due to be signed on 29 October and must then be ratified within two years by all 25 member states.

A number of countries have said they will hold referendums - which may or may not be binding - others have yet to make a final decision.

In the table below, BBC News Online explains which countries are likely to hold referendums and gives an indication of the state of public opinion.

Public vote? Poll data* Main worries
Germany No For 68%; Anti 15%
France Yes For 62%; Anti 16% EU seen pushing free-market policies; France and French language losing influence in EU; worries about sovereignty
Italy Maybe For 78%; Anti 10% Disappointment about lack of reference to Christianity; euro blamed for price rises; worries about sovereignty
UK Yes For 42%; Anti 24% Fears over loss of sovereignty and rise of federal superstate
Spain Yes For 70%; Anti 10% Spain lost voting power as a result of constitution
Poland Maybe For 65%; Anti 12% Poland got a "bad deal" on joining the EU; voting powers reduced by constitution; fears of German domination
Netherlands Yes For 70%; Anti 21% Anger over cost of EU and flouting of eurozone stability and growth pact
Greece No For 66%; Anti 20%
Belgium Maybe For 72%; Anti 12% Flemish nationalists say constitution heralds federal superstate; fear that Belgium could lose commissioner
Portugal Yes For 57%; Anti 16% Concern that constitution is bad for smaller states
Czech Rep Yes For 48%; Anti 18% Concern that constitution is bad for smaller states
Hungary Unlikely For 75%; Anti 6%
Sweden Unlikely For 53%; Anti 31%
Austria No decision For 60%; Anti 16%
Denmark Yes For 37%; Anti 41% Fears over loss of sovereignty and rise of federal superstate
Slovakia Maybe For 65%; Anti 10% Disappointment about lack of reference to Christianity; worries about sovereignty
Finland No decision For 52%; Anti 35%
Ireland Yes For 59%; Anti 12% Concern about implications for Ireland
Lithuania Unlikely For 52%; Anti 7%
Latvia No For 57%; Anti 12%
Slovenia Unlikely For 68%; Anti 12%
Estonia Unlikely For 54%; Anti 15%
Cyprus Unlikely For 69%; Anti 11%
Luxembourg Yes For 75%; Anti 15% Some concern that constitution is bad for smaller states
Malta No For 59%; Anti 17%
* "A constitution for the European Union - for or against?" (Eurobarometer, May 2004)





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