Richard North, 20/05/2005  

Douglas Alexander, the government's replacement for Denis MacShane, is looking forward to a referendum on the EU constitution and believes that the "yes" campaign can win.

"My experience as a campaigner teaches me that you win campaigns when you win the arguments. I believe we have the arguments to win this referendum campaign," he told The Times today.

"What emerged from the negotiations, a strengthened role for national governments and parliaments, a reduced commission and more effective decision-making, provides the framework for the kind of reformed Europe that Britain wants," he added.

So there we have it. None us knew it before, but what we all really wanted was a "reformed Europe", which the constitution has given us. And now we've got it, we will all go rushing to the polls and happily vote "yes".

Yea, right.

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