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Klaus and the Lisbon Treaty: No Need to Hurry

By on 10.16.09 | 6:45AM

While Britain will be a huge beneficiary if Czech President Vaclav Klaus delays ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and allows for a UK referendum, Klaus's defiant stance is one driven by care for the Czech Republic whose best interests he does and should have at heart.

David Cameron, leader of the British Conservative Party -- tipped by the polls to become Britain's next Prime Minister by next June at the latest -- has pledged to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty if it is not ratified before the next UK general election. President Klaus has practically taken on mythical status among British EU-skeptics since a referendum on Lisbon is a sure-fire way to kick-start the renegotiation of Britain's unsatisfactory relationship with the European Union.

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