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Referendum reaction: In quotes

After the EU's Lisbon Treaty is defeated in the Republic of Ireland's referendum, prominent figures involved in the issue across Europe give their reactions.

DECLAN GANLEY, HEAD OF IRISH 'NO' CAMPAIGNERS LIBERTAS

The people of Ireland have shown enormous courage and wisdom in analysing the facts presented to them and making the decision they have... It's a great day to be Irish.

JOSE MANUEL BARROSO, EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT

The No vote in Ireland has not solved the problems which the Lisbon Treaty is designed to solve... The European Commission believes the remaining ratifications should continue to take their course... The treaty is not dead. I believe the treaty is alive.

BRIAN COWEN, IRISH PRIME MINISTER

I am extremely mindful today ... of our European partners for whom this vote will represent a considerable disappointment and a potential setback to many years of effort... We must not rush to conclusions... The (European) Union has been in this situation before and each time has found an agreed way forward. I hope that we can do so again on this occasion... There is no quick fix.

DAVID MILIBAND, UK FOREIGN SECRETARY

The Irish government have made clear they believe it's right for countries like Britain to continue the ratification process because there needs to be a British view as well as an Irish view... So I believe it's right that we continue with our own process and take up the Irish offer of further discussions about the next steps forward.

FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER, GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER

Naturally we are disappointed, it is a hard blow. Nevertheless, I am convinced that we need this treaty. Therefore we are sticking with our goal for it to come into force. The ratification process must continue.

VACLAV KLAUS, CZECH PRESIDENT

The Lisbon treaty project ended today with the decision of the Irish voters and its ratification cannot be continued.

JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, LUXEMBOURG PRIME MINISTER

It's clear that the Treaty of Lisbon will not come into force on 1 January 2009... The Luxembourg government regrets this profoundly because the treaty would have enabled an advance in European integration, improvements in the decision-making process and the strengthening of Europe's international role.

NEIL O'BRIEN, DIRECTOR OF ANTI-TREATY OPEN EUROPE GROUP

This is a resounding victory on behalf of ordinary people across Europe over an out-of-touch and arrogant political elite. If supporters of the EU Constitution cannot even win in Ireland - one of the most pro-EU countries in Europe - it is clear that their vision for the future of Europe is now discredited in a most fundamental way.

LUCINDA CREIGHTON, PRO-TREATY IRISH FINE GAEL MP

I think a lot of people, Irish people in particular, don't see what the European Union is going to bring in terms of benefits for them and for this country in the future. We're facing some very choppy economic waters in this country... and they have been conned, I believe, that we will do better on our own.

BRIAN LENIHAN, IRISH FINANCE MINISTER

I'm very, very disappointed by this result. I think it's a sad day for Europe and for our people as well. We have to accept the decision of the people and operate within it. But that's democracy and I accept that.

FRANCO FRATTINI, ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

It is a serious blow to European construction, which for now does not allow the adoption of essential decisions on security, the management of immigration, energy politics or the protection of the environment.

ROBERTO CALDEROLI, ITALIAN MINISTER AND NORTHERN LEAGUE MP

Thank you to the Irish people for your vote... Once again the people have demonstrated that they have more wisdom than governments and parliaments.

GARY TITLEY, LEADER OF BRITISH LABOUR MEPs

I thought we were finally getting away from all this institutional discussion and finally getting on to issues like climate change and energy security. But now Europe's going to be plunged back into another period of introverted institutionalised discussion, which is going to paralyse it.

STUART WHEELER, LEADING UK ANTI-TREATY ACTIVIST

The winner of today's vote in Ireland is democracy. Regardless of the result, the people of Ireland have at least been given a voice. Gordon Brown, on the other hand, has denied the people of Britain the chance to have their say on Lisbon.

MIGUEL ANGEL MORATINOS, SPANISH FOREIGN MINISTER

Without doubt it is not good news, but Europe will not stop. I am convinced that, as has occurred at other times in the past in the EU, we will find a solution among ourselves.




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