Here is the full text of Foreign Secretary Jack Straw's comments on the French "No" vote on the EU treaty.
Jack Straw said there would be profound implications
It has always been our judgment that this constitutional treaty was a good
deal for Britain and a good deal for the European Union.
The European Union is a union of democracies, the people of France have just
cast their vote on the treaty and voted 'No' by a clear margin. We must respect
that result and we do.
As I said a few weeks ago a 'No' vote by France or any other member state
would create a problem for the European Union.
But given the issues in the campaign in France and the apparent scale of the
result it is... more significant than that.
Indeed, the result raises profound questions for all of us about the future
direction of Europe, about the challenges to us and the rest of the world, about
the ability of the European Union to respond to those challenges and the demands
of its citizens.
Britain should and will play a full part in these debates in the months
Tonight's result therefore probably deserves a period of reflection by all 25 member states.
Let me close by repeating that in the United Kingdom this
constitutional treaty will only be ratified by a referendum of the people of the