In Ireland, opponents of the European Union’s reform treaty have overtaken the ‘Yes’ camp, according to a new survey. Generally seen as pro-European, Ireland is the only state planning a referendum, as it is bound to do under its constitution. It could mean that a country with less than one percent of the bloc’s population could derail the entire project, designed to streamline the running of the fast-expanding EU.
A poll published today shows 35 percent of people intend to vote ‘No’, with 30 percent in favour.
Back in 2001, to the surprise of many, Ireland rejected the Treaty of Nice. But, after amendments which effectively supported Ireland’s policy of military neutrality, the treaty was resoundingly voted through the following year.