Ireland must "find way" to ratify Lisbon, says Madrid

16th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spain's secretary of state for EU affairs said he trusts Ireland will "find a way" to ratify the document.

16 June 2008

MADRID - Apparently unfazed by the Irish referendum's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, the latest attempt at reforming an expanded Europe, Spain's secretary of state for EU affairs said at the weekend that he trusts Ireland will "find a way" to ratify the document.

Diego López Garrido said that the problem with popular referendums on the future of the Union is that "domestic quarrels always get mixed in."

"In the same way that Ireland has a right to express its opinion, so do the other 26 countries, and they all said they will go ahead with ratification. If only Ireland is left out, then this country will have to find a legal and political way to join the rest," he said.

"Parliaments representing 500 million people are ratifying it, while a few tens of thousands of votes in Ireland are tipping the balance in favour of a 'no'."

Last Thursday, 53.4 percent of Irish voters rejected the Lisbon Treaty. According to EU regulations, all 27 members must ratify the Treaty before it can go into effect.

[El Pais / Miguel Gonzalez / Expatica]

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