Blair shows support for EU Constitution

Tuesday 07 June 2005 09.42
Tony Blair - Backs EU Constitution
Tony Blair - Backs EU Constitution

The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has expressed support for the EU Constitution in spite of his government's postponement of plans to hold a referendum on it. 

In an interview with the Financial Times, the Prime Minister said he thought the constitution was a perfectly sensible way forward. 

He said that, at some point, Europe would have to adopt rules for its future. Otherwise, he said, it was not going to function properly.

Meanwhile, European Union finance ministers meet in Luxembourg today to discuss the EU's budget from 2007 to 2013.

Yesterday, ministers from the 12 eurozone countries agreed that a deal should be reached on the issue at the Brussels summit later this month.

The Luxembourg Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that such a deal would show that Europe still works and is capable of taking decisions for the medium term, despite the 'No' vote in the Dutch and French referendums on the EU Constitution.