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Lisbon Treaty will give European Union a president -- and it may be Tony Blair .
Ireland voted strongly in favor of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, overturning a previous, shock No vote and taking a key step towards ending the 27-nation bloc's deadlock, ministers said on Saturday.
Irish voters backed the EU's Lisbon Treaty by 67.13 percent in favour to 32.87 percent against, according to final results of a re-run referendum published Saturday.
There have been suggestions in the European Parliament that British former prime minister Tony Blair could be given the job of EU presiden
Ireland's three million voters -- who alone among the EU's 500 million citizens have a referendum on the treaty -- delivered a stunning blow to the bloc in June 2008, when they rejected the reform treaty by 53.4 percent. A second No vote would have effectively killed the treaty, which notably creates a new full-time EU president and foreign minister. Roche said Ireland's recession, which has hit hard after years of the "Celtic Tiger" boom, was a major reason for people backing the treaty.
Originally posted by Maxmars
I am genuinely confused. I thought Ireland's "No." position was the linchpin - holding the beast from being returning to finish consuming the European continent.
Is there any hope of this NOT happening?
I confess I am not as well-informed as most of you are regarding the European Union, such as it seems to be, and it's 'popular/voluntary adoption.'