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Members of the anti-Lisbon Treaty Group Coir (Justice) celebrate a "No" vote after Ireland
rejected the Lisbon Treaty referendum in Dublin. (AP)

What Does Irish ‘No’ Vote Mean for the EU?

June 13, 2008 06:40 PM
by Denis Cummings
Ireland voted against ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, which would have established a constitution for the European Union.

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By a margin of 53.4 percent to 46.6 percent, Irish voters have decided against ratifying the Lisbon Treaty. “No” voters feared that the treaty threatened Irish sovereignty and would hurt lower class workers and farmers.

It is a great day for Irish democracy,” said Declan Ganley, founder of the anti-Treaty group Libertas.

Euroskeptics in other countries feel Ireland’s decision reflects the mood across Europe. Ireland was the only country to hold a referendum; the fact that a traditionally EU-friendly nation voted against the Treaty shows that referenda in other countries would struggle to pass.

Proponents of the Lisbon Treaty hoped that it would streamline government operations and help create a more focused foreign policy, but now there is “gigantic incomprehension” over the future of the EU.

EU officials have vowed to continue the ratification process in other European countries. French official Jean-Pierre Jouyet has said that the EU may form a “legal agreement” with Ireland to implement the Treaty without their ratification.

Headline Link: Irish voters reject Lisbon Treaty

Background: The Lisbon Treaty

Reactions: EU vows to continue

Opinion & Analysis: Why ‘No,’ and what next?

Why did Ireland reject the treaty?
What does the EU do now?

Reference: The Lisbon Treaty

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