EU constitution treaty in trouble at Brussels summit Mike Rosen-Molina at 5:10 PM ET
[JURIST] European leaders continued to grapple Friday with disagreements over a proposed EU constitution treaty [JURIST news archive] on the second day of the summit meeting [EU Council press release] in Brussels. Britain threatened to veto a watered-down version of the treaty unless it incorporated four non-negotiable issues [JURIST report] outlined by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] earlier this week. Among the four points, Blair demanded that the UK retain the ability to opt out of a European Charter of Fundamental Rights [European Parliament materials], that the treaty not supersede British national law, and that it not restrict British foreign policy. Blair also said the treaty should avoid all the trappings of a "constitution," and should merely amend earlier agreements.
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