Remember Ireland in 2008 and the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty (EU Constitution)? The Irish gave it a definitive No vote. At this point the Irish government went behind closed doors and into negotiations with the EU. They came back to the Irish people with a new deal and in 2009 the EU got their Yes vote.
More recently we can look to Greece and the Troika vote of July, 2015. This saw the Greek people come out 61% to 39% against the deal given to them by the EU. Again, negotiations were held behind closed doors and the Greek government’s hand was forced to accept the deal some weeks later.
Harold Wilson famously said 'a week is a long time in politics’. Two years may prove to be an eternity, with many possibilities. The will of the people doesn’t always carry the day, and to that end, we shall just have wait and see how this pans out.
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