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You assume the Irish government can indefinitely enter into agreements and approve policies that will be opposed at home.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 04:56:17 AM EST
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You assume they'd be opposed at home by any substantial group. The No campaigns were boosted greatly by the requirement that they be given equal time to the Yes campaigns on-air.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 05:00:43 AM EST
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Anyway, they probably can. Not generally a deal breaker for voters, remember? Anything except expanded military cooperation would probably be fine.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 05:02:43 AM EST
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Denmark got an opt-out to the Euro in 1992, why can't Ireland get an opt-out to "common security and defence" and be done with it?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 05:05:11 AM EST
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It does have, as far as I know. Doesn't stop the No crowd saying otherwise at every referendum there has ever been.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 05:06:15 AM EST
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What happens if an opt-out is agreed and Ireland still rejects the treaty?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 10:44:47 AM EST
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<shrug> The Nice treaty will still be in place.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 10:47:16 AM EST
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So how do we kill the EU, then?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 10:51:14 AM EST
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Are we trying to?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 10:54:08 AM EST
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Some people on Wallstrom's blog are.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 11:01:13 AM EST
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Oh, well to hell with them.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 11:02:04 AM EST
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