Do we need a referendum?

Three experts consider the issue of whether a referendum will be needed on the EU deal.

11th December, 2011

Dr Gavin Barrett, senior lecturer, School of Law, UCD

"Article 29.4 of the Constitution provides no shield of authorisation or immunity for a new treaty like this, which neither amends nor adds to the existing treaties. It will require a referendum if it infringes any other article of the constitution and, depending on what is put into the treaty, there are likely to be plenty of candidates in this respect: Article 5 of the Constitution...

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