The Republic of Ireland voted to ratify the Nice treaty on Saturday, for the second time of asking. Much of the international emphasis is on the fact that now allows the EU to expand and take up to 10 other countries into it’s membership:
“The result was greeted with relief and delight in the chancelleries and on the streets of the candidate countries Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia who hope to join in 2004.”
However, it seems that few had changed their minds. The victory for the Yes camp came because many more people were motivated to get out and cast their votes. The numbers of those voting no remained the same as the first time round 18 months ago.
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