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Why we should let the Lisbon treaty rest in peace

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Should the Irish be forced to vote again on the recently rejected Lisbon Treaty in a second referendum? The diplomatic signals coming from Brussels suggest that the Irish will be asked to solve the problem themselves using the Danish/Irish model of sending the same treaty with some clarifications on sensitive issues to a second vote. EU governments must therefore seriously consider in the coming days whether the Lisbon Treaty is really worth the risk of continuing the ratification process and forcing the Irish to vote again.  Given the modest nature of the reforms in the Treaty and evidence showing that the EU-27 actually is able to function under the current rules, governments should back away from talk of a serious crisis facing the EU in the event of non-ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. If they choose to press forward ratification and force the Irish to vote again on the more-or-less the same treaty that now has been rejected by three countries, there is a serious risk that the talk of an existential crisis for the EU becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy regardless of whether the Irish vote yes or no next time around.  
Udgivelsesdato: 26.6.08
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Voice
Number of pages2
ISSN1370-6012
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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