If any Irish readers wish to chime in, we'd welcome your feedback. How does your city, and your neighborhood feel about the Lisbon Treaty and the EU in general? Many Americans know little about this important issue.
QUOTE BRUSSELS (AFP) — European leaders are anxiously awaiting Thursday's Irish referendum on the bloc's reforming Lisbon Treaty, with the latest opinion polls showing the "no" camp in the ascendant.
"There is no plan B," if the Irish vote down the treaty, EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has stressed.
That was a sentiment touted in 2005 when French voters, soon followed by their Dutch counterparts, voted down the EU's original constitution, which led to the treaty being drawn up as a more acceptable replacement.
Another EU official put the situation bluntly: "If there is a 'no' vote on Thursday then it's back to the drawing-board."
The European Commission on Friday urged Irish voters to turn out on June 12 for the country's referendum on the bloc's Lisbon Treaty, as an opinion poll in the Irish Times showed the "no" camp ahead for the first time. UNQUOTE
The Irish Times