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
Date Written: 2009
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.
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