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Crisis for EU as Lisbon Treaty rejected by Irish Voters

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Crisis for EU as Lisbon Treaty rejected by Irish Voters

Post by shammy on Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:20 am

IRISH VOTERS have rejected the Lisbon Treaty by a decisive margin. The result is a stunning setback for the Government and it has provoked a crisis in the European Union.

The treaty was defeated by a margin of 53.4 per cent to 46.6 per cent, with 752,451 people voting Yes and 862,415 voting No. The turnout of 53 per cent was higher than in either of the Nice referendums.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen said he respected the result but described it as "source of disappointment" to himself and his Government colleagues.

"It is our duty now to reflect on the implications of this vote for Ireland so that we can move forward and keep this country on the path of progress," he said.

"As Taoiseach, I will be devoting my full political energies to finding a way forward for our country which needs to take into account the concerns reflected by the referendum result," said Mr Cowen.

When asked what would happen next, Mr Cowen refused to rule another referendum in or out until all options had been considered.

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore, however, said he believed the treaty was dead and could not be revisited. "I do not think there is any question of treaty being put a second time to the people," he said.

The European Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, insisted that the treaty was still alive and he urged other EU states to continue to ratify it, despite the Irish No vote.

http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/frontpage/2008/0614/1213369845918.html

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