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It was not only the size of the ‘yes ‘ vote in the second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty but, more crucially, the increased turn out that fully justified the Irish government’s decision to call a second vote. This time, the ‘yes’ campaign confronted head on the distortions of the Treaty’s opponents and achieved a resounding success. There is a lesson from this for the whole of Europe.

It would only be possible to hold a meaningful referendum here in the UK if there were a similar and clear explanation of the role that Britain plays in Europe and the role of the EU in the wider world. David Cameron and William Hague are avoiding the question of what they will do if the Lisbon treaty is ratified before they are elected. But neither they nor any other politician should be permitted to avoid the central issue of explaining to the electorate not only the underlying vision and purpose of the European Union and its institutions but also the massive cost that would result in leaving it. The British people have been kept in ignorance for over 30 years. If Euroscepticism in Britain is to be challenged and reversed, the full story must be told openly and effectively.

Peter Luff

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  1. Hooray! The Lisbon Treaty is well on the way to ratification by all 27 states,

    Of course it leaves David Cameron in a dilemma, shouting ‘not fair’ from the sideline. But then, the Tories’ influence has in any case declined in the EU when they stupidly allied themselves with the extreme right in the Parliament. Will they REALLY have a referendum to pull us out if they get in?

    Gordon Brown has a smirk on his face at the Irish result, but whether it’s because of the Tories’ discomfiture or relief that he won’t now have to think of further excuses for not having his own referendum is not sure.

    We have little information about how UKIP or the BNP feel.

    Only Nick Clegg and the Lib-Dems have the right to a 100% celebration.

  2. The Irish result is not an occasion for unmitigated celebration.
    Although I remain strongly pro-European and loyal to the European Movement, it is worrying to see that, even now, less than 40% of the total irish adult population have actually said YES to the Lisbon Treaty.

  3. One consequence of the Irish referendum result has been the fact that the Europhobics cannot now claim about the democratic deficit within the EU. We are now left with the situation where the future progress of the EU and the 500 million people in the EU is being held up by just one man; the president of the Czech Republic. Is that democracy?

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