May 31, 2005

AH, DEMOCRACY:

Unlike France’s referendum, which was binding on the government, the Dutch vote is advisory. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende’s governing party said Monday it will accept a “no” verdict only if turnout reaches at least 30 percent and if 55 percent of those who vote reject the charter.

As Steven Den Beste noted, these votes are serving a valuable educational purpose as they reveal what the EU is all about. (Via PoliPundit).