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Lisbon Treaty Would Pass in Ireland

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The proposed body of law for European Union (EU) members would be endorsed by voters in Ireland, according to a poll by Quantum Research. 54 per cent of respondents support the Lisbon Treaty.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The proposed body of law for European Union (EU) members would be endorsed by voters in Ireland, according to a poll by Quantum Research. 54 per cent of respondents support the Lisbon Treaty.

EU heads of state officially signed the European Constitution on Oct. 29, 2004. The project for a continental body of law was practically abandoned in 2005, after voters in France and the Netherlands rejected the proposed document in two plebiscites.

In October 2007, leaders of the 27 EU member nations reached an agreement on the Lisbon Treaty and Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Lisbon Treaty provisions call for the creation of new posts, such as a foreign policy chief, and a High Representative who will answer to EU governments and serve as vice-president of the European Commission. The Charter would become legally binding in all EU member states except Britain, which negotiated an exemption.

The EU leaders would also choose a president of the European Council for a two and a half year renewable term. This will effectively eliminate the current six-month rotating presidency among member nations. The Lisbon Treaty also provides for the creation of a mutual defence clause, in case one of the member states is attacked.

Ireland, due to its internal regulations, was the only country that had to hold a nationwide vote on the Lisbon Treaty, while other governments were able to decide whether they wanted to do the same.

In June 2008, 53.4 per cent of Irish voters rejected the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty. Many analysts interpreted the result as the demise of the accord. The Irish government is pondering whether to hold another referendum this year, presenting new benefits for Ireland in the event the Lisbon Treaty is ratified.

Earlier this month, Irish archbishop Diarmuid Martin discussed his views on the issue, saying, "The future of European integration will not in the first place be the result of a treaty or of new political structures. Europe must become a Europe of peoples; a Europe of peoples which are different yet capable of living together in unity and solidarity. As Irish Christians, we cannot and ought not flee from the challenges of shaping the Europe of the future."

Polling Data

Do you support or oppose the Lisbon Treaty?

 

Apr. 2009

Jan. 2009

Support

54%

55%

Oppose

24%

37%

Not sure

22%

8%

Source: Quantum Research
Methodology: Interviews with 500 Irish adults, conducted in April 2009. No margin of error was provided.