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The love affair is over and Europe is paying

Within hours of the boxes being opened, the Yes side was interpreting the result; conscription, abortion, sovereignty . . . take your pick. There was "confusion", of course, much confusion. "they" did not understand the treaty, we were told -- "they", being us, the electorate -- a use of language betraying still the arrogance which had helped bring about this result.

On the No side, they were scrambling to take credit. workers rights, a blow to capitalism, against creeping militarisation . . . the usual stuff. Declan Ganley, with his curious backers, said it was a message to the Brussels elite.

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