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Last Updated: Monday May 30 2005 11:02 GMT

What happens now France has voted 'no'?

Vote "Non" campaign posters in Lille, France
Vote "Non" campaign posters in Lille, France
France has voted 'no' to the new EU constitution.

If any of the 25 countries, including France, say "no" to the European Union Constitution, the way forward is unclear:

  • The country could hold a second vote
  • It could leave the European Union
  • Or the constitution could be changed or thrown out altogether
Voting (referenda) has given the EU problems in the past. Irish and Danish voters both said "No" to agreements between countries, then said "Yes" in a second vote.

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