The EU constitutional treaty: The state of play ahead of the summit

Briefing note
Aurore Wanlin
03 June 2004

European leaders gather in Brussels on 17-19 June 2004 for a 'make or break' summit on the EU's new constitutional treaty. The last time they tried, at the EU summit in December 2003, they failed to agree on the details of the document. And despite the impressive work of the Irish presidency, a successful outcome in Brussels is far from certain. EU foreign ministers remained divided on several key issues during their last meeting on 24 May 2004. The British government has hardened its overall stance since Prime Minister Tony Blair promised a referendum on the treaty.

Aurore Wanlin was a research fellow at the CER (2004-2007).

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