If this is right, it’s astonishing news, and Europe will be pitched into crisis again. I can understand how Irish voters came to say No: as Michael Portillo said on telly last night, simply the knowledge that the French, Dutch and British had been denied a vote is enough to make you vote No. Europhiles may be frustrated, but only when people feel their view is being sought honestly and that it will be decisive – as in a general election in their own country – will they be able to approach these questions without a reservoir of hostility to leaders and their elite EU project.

How European leaders react may determine attitudes to the EU for years. Are they listening?

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