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Last Updated: Friday June 03 2005 14:20 GMT

Worksheet: Dutch say 'No' to EU constitution

People in Holland are voting
Another country has rejected a new set of rules for the European Union, days after they were rejected by France.

People in the Netherlands voted against the European Constitution in the poll, which could mean it won't become law.

Nine countries have agreed to the rules so far, but all 25 EU members must vote for them before they are made legal.

The Constitution was meant to make it easier for countries to work together. Many people are against it because they say it makes them less independent.

Countries that have voted 'Yes'
Austria
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Lithuania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
'No' voters are also worried that the EU is expanding too quickly, and that the European currency, the Euro, isn't doing as well as it could.

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who campaigned for a "Yes" vote, said he would respect the result of the vote.

The British government has said people in the UK will get to vote on the constitution next year, but because the Dutch have voted no, that might be delayed.

Questions

1. Which two countries have recently rejected the new set of rules for the European Union?

2. Which nine countries have agreed to accept the new set of rules for the European Union?

3. How many countries have to agree to the new set of rules for it to become law?

4. What could be the benefits of having one set of rules for all 25 countries in the European Union?

5. What might be some of the drawbacks of adopting one set of rules?

6. What does the British government plan to do about the EU constitution?