Ireland will hold a constitutional referendum on the European Union's proposed fiscal pact, Prime Minister Enda Kenny told parliament on Tuesday.Acting on the attorney general's advice, "the government has decided to hold a referendum on this issue in which the people of Ireland will be asked to give their authorisation for the ratification of this treaty", Kenny said.The referendum will be watched closely by Ireland's EU partners, as Ireland has sent shockwaves through the bloc in the past by initially rejecting two treaties before passing both in second votes.
The arrogance of French president (soon to be ex-president) Nicolas Sarkozy is about to bite the Eurocrat nanny-zone officials big time.
In December, Sarkozy insisted on a financial transaction tax and other concessions that the UK alone would not sign. In what was billed as a triumph of 26 of 27 is soon going to be viewed as a triumph of one over 26.
The Merkozy treaty that 26 nations signed can never legally fly.
Triumph of One
Votes were being counted Friday in Ireland's referendum on a key EU pact designed to shore up the eurozone, with opinion polls putting the "yes" camp ahead but low turnout suggesting the result may be close.Ireland is the only country holding a national referendum on the fiscal pact, which all 27 EU members have signed except Britain and the Czech Republic, and the result will be closely watched around the continent.
Ireland is to vote in a referendum on a key EU pact designed to shore up the troubled eurozone, amid signs that a clear majority will vote to approve it.In the only referendum expected on the fiscal pact, which all 27 EU members have signed except Britain and the Czech Republic, polling stations were due to open at 7:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) and close at 10:00 p.m., on Thursday.
A day after Irish voters backed a European Union fiscal pact, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday called on her political opponents to do the same so Germany too could ratify the measure.In a speech to her party members, Merkel welcomed the Irish referendum result and said Germany should adopt the fiscal pact before summer holidays.
Door-to-Door May Drive Irish Towards Yes Vote in Referendum on Merkozy Pact.
In a hard-fought battle to convince Irish voters to back Europe’s unpopular fiscal discipline treaty, Ireland’s deputy finance minister has the task of convincing the leafy Dublin suburb of Templeogue.
Going door-to-door, Brian Hayes faces scepticism and occasional abuse. One constituent calls him “a waste of space”, another “just a yes man”.