The difficulties of a French “No” vote in their upcoming referendum are nicely summarised by Netlex, though sadly in French, and I don’t have time to do a full translation. You could try and make do with Babelfish, but it’s a bit rubbish. Short(ish) highlight bit:
“si les conservateurs reviennent au pouvoir, ils ont ï¿½galement pris lï¿½engagement dï¿½obtenir la renï¿½gociation de leurs engagements europï¿½ens, tout comme prï¿½tendent le faire les partisans du ï¿½NONï¿½ en cas de victoire, mais pour des raisons exactement inverses. En effet, les conservateurs trouvent que les fameux ï¿½droits sociauxï¿½ sont un obstacle ï¿½ la crï¿½ation dï¿½emplois, et qui freinent le dï¿½veloppement ï¿½conomique de la Grande-Bretagne.
“[A] ‘Conservative Government will negotiate to restore our opt-out from the European Social Chapter and liberate small businesses from job-destroying employment legislation’.
“Voilï¿½ qui donne une idï¿½e de ce qui attend les Franï¿½ais qui voudront renï¿½gocier les dispositions de la Constitution, quand ils vont devoir affronter les Etats qui dï¿½fendent des positions diamï¿½tralement opposï¿½es aux leurs.
“..Il est donc trï¿½s clair quï¿½en cas de victoire dï¿½un ï¿½Nonï¿½ franï¿½ais, lï¿½Europe va entrer dans une pï¿½riode de crise, et dï¿½instabilitï¿½, et ceux qui pensent sans doute sincï¿½rement, mais trï¿½s naï¿½vement, que les Franï¿½ais seront en mesure dï¿½imposer une ï¿½Constitution socialeï¿½ ï¿½ des pays europï¿½ens dont la majoritï¿½ nï¿½est pas de Gauche, vont aller de surprises en dï¿½convenues.”
Approx paraphrased translation:
If the Tories get in, they’ve said they’ll renegotiate with the EU, just as the [socialist] supporters of a French “No” vote in the upcoming referendum have said – but for precisely the opposite reasons. The Tories see the social rights the EU preserves as holding back the UK’s economic growth – and so we see what will await those French who want to renegotiate the constitution to gain more rights from countries whose ruling parties want less.
It is therefore clear that in the event of a “No” vote Europe will enter a period of crisis and instability, and those who wish to impose a “Social Constitution” on countries whose majority is not left [or those who wish to remove rights from countries which are] will be in for a severe disappointment.
Even shorter paraphrased translation: Renegotiation of the constitution may be impossible.