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Difficulties dog EU treaty to the last

Difficulties dog EU treaty to the last
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Protesters in the Czech Republic have a week’s reprieve before discovering whether the Lisbon Treaty is to be ratified.

The country’s Constitutional court has adjourned its proceedings until November 3. In what’s thought likely to be the last legal challenge to the EU reform treaty, allies of Eurosceptic president Vaclav Klaus have filed a complaint saying Lisbon is a threat to Czech sovereignty. Klaus is also holding out for an exemption from a rights charter attached to the treaty before he will agree to sign it even though the Czech parliament has already given its approval. Premysl Sbotka, Senate Chairman said: “We want the same as what the president wants, so that the Bill of Rights is not superior to the Czech Constitution”. The Czech Republic is the last EU state to ratify the treaty which needs the signatures of all 27 members to bring it into force. Its Constitutional court has already dismissed a similar case. At this week’s EU summit, leaders are expected to agree a form of words which will promise a Czech Bill of Rights opt-out without changing the whole Lisbon treaty.