Lisbon Treaty Now Has Support Of 66%

The Lisbon Treaty would be passed if a second referendum were taken this week, according to a new poll.

The Irish Times /TNS mrbi poll suggests there is now solid support for the Lisbon Treaty, with up to 66% claiming they would support ratification of the much discussed document that would give greater powers to the EU.

It is believed voters are now looking to the European Union as a safe haven as the global financial crisis continues to bite. Ireland has become one of the most vulnerable members of the EU, after threats of huge fines and possible expulsion emerged after Ireland found its finances of the EU's allowances.

Launching their European Election Manifesto today, Leader of the main opposition party, Enda Kenny, said "Fine Gael strongly supports the Lisbon Treaty. We argued in favour of a Yes vote in the last referendum. Events since

then have absolutely reinforced our view that the ratification of the Treaty is vital for Ireland. We will once again support the Yes campaign in the referendum later in 2009."

Meanwhile, Leader of anti-Lisbon party Libertas, Declan Ganley, who is also running for office in the European elections, said "It's just too important an election for people not to vote this week. It is Europe's last, best chance to speak out against the unwanted Lisbon Constitution."


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