Luxembourg European Constitution referendum, 2005

National referendums on the
European Constitutional Treaty (TCE)
(European Union) (2004)
Superseded by the
Treaty of Lisbon (2007)
Czech Republic Cancelled; never held
Denmark Cancelled; never held
France No (55%) (with 69% turnout)
Ireland Cancelled; never held
Luxembourg Yes (57%) (with 88% turnout)
Netherlands No (62%) (with 63% turnout)
Poland Cancelled; never held
Portugal Cancelled; never held
Spain Yes (77%) (with 42% turnout)
United Kingdom   Cancelled; never held
Parliamentary approvals

The Luxembourgish referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe is a referendum that was held on 10 July 2005 to decide whether Luxembourg should ratify the proposed Constitution of the European Union.

56.52% of the 220,717 voters said "yes". Voting bureaus were open from 8am till 2pm.

Luxembourg was the 13th EU member state to approve the EU treaty. It was the second referendum with a vote in favor of the EU treaty (after Spain) and the first referendum since the French and the Dutch voters rejected the EU treaty. Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourgish PM, expected a close vote. The last opinion poll a month before the referendum indicated a small advantage for the "yes", but a substantial 16% of non-decided.

The referendum was Luxembourg's first since 1937. Luxembourg is traditionally regarded as one of the EU's most enthusiastic member states, and most prominent political figures support the Constitution, with both the governing coalition and the main opposition parties campaigning for a 'yes' vote.

The poll was consultative in nature but the parliament agreed to abide by the people's majority vote. Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker had said he would resign if the referendum resulted in a 'no' vote.

On 28 June 2005, Luxembourg's parliament approved the constitution in advance of the referendum.


A study (French) of the campaign and referendum results by the political scientists of the University of Luxembourg.


Luxembourgish European Constitution referendum, 2005
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 109,494 56.52
No 84,221 43.48
Valid votes 193,715 97.05
Invalid or blank votes 5,894 2.95
Total votes 199,609 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 220,717 90,44

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