In that case the document was simply rebranded as the Lisbon Treaty and brought into law without any democratic oversight.
Meanwhile French President Francois Hollande reacted to the Dutch ‘no’ vote today by insisting it is irrelevant.
He said: “As far as Europe is concerned, it will implement what it can of the association agreement.
”As far as France and Germany, we will continue to support Ukraine and apply the association agreement in our respective countries.”
We’re going to manage this as we have managed other difficult issues before
Mr Juncker added: ”The Commission remains strongly committed to the development of its relations with Ukraine.”
Tellingly, his spokeswoman refused to answer questions over the trend of European voters rejecting EU policies whenever they are consulted via referendums, or Brussels’ tendency to implement their plans regardless.
After the result was declared Labour MP Kate Hoey tweeted: “A great result in the Dutch referendum tonight. No doubt the EU commission will tell them to vote again #Brexit.”