Gordon Brown has ruled out holding a referendum on the new EU treaty. Speaking after talks with his Portuguese counterpart, the British Prime Minister said there will be no need to if all of the UK’s conditions are met during forthcoming negotiations. “So the work of the next few months are to ensure what were “Red Lines” for Britain are, in detail, part of the treaty and if that were the case, then I would see no reason to recommend to the British people that there should be a referendum,” he said.
Jose Socrates said his goal was to turn the agreement on replacing the defunct EU constitution into a Treaty of Lisbon. He went on to stress that security would also be a top priority during the Portuguese presidency of the EU, adding that Europe needs greater cooperation to face the threat of terrorism.
Socrates has also rejected the idea of member states, namely Poland, seeking fresh concessions during treaty talks which are due to start later this month.