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Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty

The Irish population is today voting on the Lisbon Treaty although many people believe that the outcome is already a "done deal" with a positive vote in favour of the Lisbon Treaty highly likely. Despite the fact that the Irish population effectively derailed an earlier attempt to pass the Lisbon Treaty, under pressure from the European Union, the authorities were forced into a second ballot amid claims of intimidation towards the Irish authorities and the threat of funding being withdrawn in the long-term.

It now seems highly likely that the Lisbon Treaty will be ratified before a change in UK government which is both good and bad news for the Conservative party, who will effectively be forced to ratify the treaty, which is at odds with their current stance. Despite the fact that the Conservative party had promised UK voters a referendum on the situation, this now appears more and more unlikely despite resistance from a significant number of UK voters.

The European Union is now one of the most powerful groups in the world and closer ties between EU partners have been pushed through on a regular basis. More and more local regulations and laws have been passed to the European Union which is taking a tighter control of "Federal Europe".

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