“is a matter the Government has to consider in due course..”

RTÉ reports that Taoiseach Brian Cowen has not ruled out a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, as those other battle lines are drawn. Meanwhile the Irish Times notes a Danish newspaper report

SENIOR IRISH officials met their Danish counterparts in Copenhagen earlier this month to get advice on how Ireland could opt out of significant provisions of the Lisbon Treaty in order to resolve the impasse created by the outcome of the referendum in June.

The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported that the Danish model, involving opt-outs from certain aspects of EU co-operation, was now being actively considered by the Government. Diplomatic sources in Dublin have confirmed the meeting took place. The newspaper reported a delegation from Dublin visited the foreign ministry in Copenhagen to discuss the technical legal provisions of the Danish agreement from 1993.

The Irish Times report also has a fuller quote from Taoiseach Brian Cowen

The Taoiseach told reporters in Galway yesterday the question of whether a second referendum would be held “is a matter the Government has to consider in due course, but we are not at that point in our discussions at all yet. The point of discussion we are at at the moment is examining the outcome of the referendum and obviously there will be a lot meetings with EU colleagues between now and the end of the year where it will be discussed further with them. So it’s not just a matter for our own personal consideration or national consideration, it is a matter we have to discuss with colleagues as well.”

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  • JD

    That is a common sense solution.

    Ireland says to the rest of the EU – want don’t want to sign up to this package, but ain’t going to stop the rest of you from getting on with what you’ve agreed to.

    Then the Irish people vote again on a revised agreement with lots of opt outs. It would be very arguable that this would be a different agreement for the voters to adjudicate on

  • There needs to be an optout from the Charter of Fundamental Rights (which allows the ECJ to dictate our human rights via interpretation thereof) or else it’s another big, fat no from me and I believe the Irish people. The UK and Poland have such an optout so it’s doable, whatever the politicians say. Indeed it’s reported in today’s Sunday Business Post that the govt’s research on the no vote identifies the Charter as a problem for no voters. It would do well to heed such concerns.