Ireland Must Go

Ireland has gained enormously from EU membership, rising from poverty to become of Europe's richest countries – and thus exemplifying the benefits of European integration. But now, having rejected the Lisbon Treaty, the Irish should do the rest of Europe a favor and withdraw from the EU.

Copenhagen – Ireland should do the rest of Europe a favor and withdraw from the European Union.  That seems to be the only tenable solution to the situation created by the Irish “No” to the Lisbon Treaty. The Irish have created a problem for themselves. They should not let it be a problem for others.

It would be sad to lose the merry people of the Emerald Island from the EU family. But it would be even sadder if, because of the Irish “No,” all those who wish to secure the same benefits from European integration that made it possible for the Irish to prosper are left out in the cold.

EU enlargement cannot continue without the many practical and pragmatic elements included in the Lisbon Treaty. And the enlargement process is the most important endeavor the EU has undertaken, including the creation of the euro.

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