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If Ireland votes no what are the consequences for the average person? - Mary

Answer

If Ireland votes No then the Lisbon Treaty will not be ratified. If this is the case then the European Union will continue to work as it does now. Therefore for the average person this means nothing will change.

A good example of the consequences of a no vote can be seen in the French and Dutch No vote for the European Constitution. After the referendums the average person’s relationship with the European Union continued as before.

The only consequence of a No for the average person might come if the EU decides to present a new treaty to Ireland. In this case the Irish people may have a chance to have their say on what they want, and what they do not want from Europe.


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