Constitutional Court to start dealing with Lisbon Treaty complaint within a month

The Czech Constitutional Court will start dealing with a new complaint against the Lisbon Treaty within a month, court chairman Pavel Rychetsky said on Thursday. The complaint, lodged on Tuesday by a group of right-wing senators, is being followed for its impact on delaying ratification of the EU-reforming treaty or even sinking it altogether. Czech President Václav Klaus has said he will not sign the treaty until the court has handled the latest complaint. That has sparked speculation that the Czech court procedure could last until British elections next spring. The leader of the opposition Conservatives has promised a referendum on Lisbon if it still has not been ratified by all EU states.

Author: Chris Johnstone