Government Statement in response to the YES vote in Luxembourg
The Government warmly welcomes the outcome of the referendum in Luxembourg on the European Constitution. We congratulate Prime Minister Juncker and his Government on the outcome which followed an intense debate in their country. Following the Constitution's rejection in France and the Netherlands, the decision of the people of Luxembourg is very encouraging for those of us who believe that the Constitution is strongly in the interests both of Ireland and of Europe.
This brings to thirteen the number of Member States which have ratified the European Constitution.
At its meeting on 16/17 June the European Council allowed for a pause in ratification for those who felt that was the best option, so enabling a broad debate to take place in each of the Member States involving citizens, civil society, social partners, national parliaments and political parties.
The Government is determined to ensure that the debate in Ireland is as wide-ranging and broad-based as possible. In September, we will publish a White Paper on the Constitution as a factual contribution to the debate on Europe and its future. We will continue to support the work of the National Forum on Europe, as well as exploring additional ways in which the public can be more effectively informed about the EU and its activities.