British govt shelves EU treaty vote

Monday 06 June 2005 21.50
Jack Straw - UK Foreign Secretary
Jack Straw - UK Foreign Secretary

The British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has confirmed that his government has suspended plans to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution. 

Mr Straw said it would now be up to the EU Council to decide the future of the treaty.

It follows decisive rejections of the constitution by French and Dutch voters in their recent referendums.

However, French Premier Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder say they want the ratification process to continue.

EU heads of government will try to find some way out of the crisis when they gather in Brussels on 16 June for a summit.