Lisbon vote to dominate agenda at EU summit

Lisbon vote to dominate agenda at EU summit

The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, is expected to tell other EU leaders today that Ireland needs more time to consider the outcome of the Lisbon Treaty referendum.

The Irish electorate's rejection of the treaty is set to dominate a summit of EU heads of state in Brussels.

Mr Cowen is expected to tell his fellow leaders that he needs time to consult and reflect on the reasons for the Irish vote.

As a result, no proposals are expected to emerge from the talks and no options are expected to be discussed.

The European Commission has already effectively told the Taoiseach that it is up to Ireland to come forward with proposals on how the EU should respond to the vote.


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