In June, then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the EU did not need a real or de facto constitutional treaty, and insisted that the reform treaty did not amount to a EU constitution. Government officials have also denied that a referendum is necessary, saying that the reform treaty does not contain "constitutional characteristics" and preserves the UK's autonomy in its judicial and foreign affairs. European diplomats are currently working to finalize details of the landmark agreement [JURIST reports; press release] reached between EU members in June. The Guardian has more.
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