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Straw to sound death knell for EU treaty

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will today sound the death knell for the planned EU constitution, with the announcement that Britain's plans for a referendum to approve the treaty are to be put on hold.
Mr Straw is expected to tell MPs in a Commons statement that the Government's Referendum Bill is to be suspended indefinitely following the emphatic 'no' votes last week in France and the Netherlands.

With the constitutional treaty requiring the ratification of all 25 member states if it is to be implemented, ministers believe that it is pointless carrying on in the light of the French and Dutch votes.

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