The 2009 Irish Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty

Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 472-479, 2009

8 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2011

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Ben Tonra

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The result of the 2008 Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty came as a considerable shock to the Irish body politic. The Irish electorate had, yet again, broken with the established political consensus on Europe. The vote on 13 June 2008 was based on a strong turnout (at over 53 percent) and a comparatively decisive result (53.4 percent ‘no’ as against 46.6 percent ‘yes’). However, as the only EU member state ratifying the treaty by way of referendum, the electorate’s decision placed the Government in an immediate quandary.

Suggested Citation

Tonra, Ben, The 2009 Irish Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty (2009). Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 472-479, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1739566

Ben Tonra (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

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