EU clears hurdle to Lisbon treaty Czech President Vaclav Klaus has been holding out on the treaty EU leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed a deal designed to win Czech backing of the Lisbon Treaty, clearing a major hurdle to its ratification. The Czechs were granted an opt-out from the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, similar to that of the UK and Poland. Czech President Vaclav Klaus was satisfied with the concession, Czech PM Jan Fischer told reporters in Brussels. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8333134.stm Looks like the end of the UK as we know it. A referendum on this Constitution is now dead in the water. The question now is, if the Tories win the next election, should they give the electorate a referendum on whether to fully opt out of this new EU.