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18 June 2008: Ireland rejects Lisbon Treaty

European Parliament, Strasbourg

A week after the people of Ireland rejected the Lisbon Treaty, shell-shocked MEPs gathered in Strasbourg ahead of a meeting in Brussels by heads of EU governments.

As President of the Commission José Manuel Barroso got up to address MEPs, a number of members stood up to display banners and posters calling for the EU to respect the no vote.

Mr Barroso was applauded by supporters as he told MEPs that he was committed to the Lisbon Treaty, and that blame for the referendum result should not be put on European institutions.

The pro-European leader of the Socialist group Martin Schultz criticised the Commission and Council of Ministers for a lack of leadership.

They were followed by two British Eurosceptics - UKIP leader Nigel Farage, and non-attached MEP Ashley Mote, who both used their speaking time to launch scathing attacks on the attitudes of the EU hierarchy.

As with any other EU Treaty, the Lisbon Treaty must be ratified by all member states before it can come into force.

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