Denis_Cooper 5pts Although I have Spanish relations I have little interest in or knowledge of Spanish politics, and my main concern about the potential dismemberment of Spain is that it could indirectly assist separatist movements within the UK. However I think it is rather inconsiderate of the Spanish to vote so indecisively when our Prime Minister is working hard to get fundamental reform of the EU and will need stable governments in all of the other 27 member states to finalise the radical EU treaty changes he is no doubt seeking behind the scenes. It will be no good at all if we vote to approve his New Deal for Britain in a reformed EU and then there is a problem with getting the deal ratified by one or more of the other EU member states, for example because there has been a change of government. I am assuming here that our Prime Minister is planning to take the EU treaty changes to the point of formal agreement and signature by EU leaders, though maybe without quite the same kind of highly publicised ceremony that accompanied the signing of the Lisbon Treaty, and maybe he will be there on time rather than turning up late: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7141651.stm “The leaders signed the treaty, translated into the EU’s 23 official languages, using specially engraved silver fountain pens as a choir sang Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown signed the treaty later in the day after missing the ceremony, citing a prior engagement in the British parliament.” The next steps would then involve checking that we British are happy with the deal he has negotiated, before the other countries can go ahead with their processes for ratifying the treaty. It would be unreasonable to expect all the other countries to start their domestic approval processes without knowing whether it was good enough for us. There seems to be a story going round that the Electoral Commission recommendations on timescale would prevent the EU referendum being held in June, or even in October, but that is incorrect. However it is far more important that our Prime Minister takes his time and hammers out absolutely the best deal for Britain that he possibly can, and gets the necessary detailed, finalised EU treaty changes agreed and formally signed, than that he rushes the job in order to have an early referendum.