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What does the result of the Lisbon Treaty referendum mean for your party and for the country going forward?

Deadline is 23:59 on the 21st of February.
The government is naturally pleased that the Lisbon Treaty has been approved, what it means is that we can get on with actually leading and improving the European project alongside our partners. It's no good simply being sceptical if you don't have the means or the intention to try to improve the situation without adding needless uncertainty and risk, which is a task that this government will take up. I would also like to congratulate both campaigns who, generally, conducted themselves well and that was shown in the closeness of the result and promise that no matter how people voted we will do our best to make sure that they feel comfortable with the outcome as we proceed.
I am, of course, over the moon with the result of the Lisbon Treaty Referendum! As an avid supporter of continued European cooperation and integration, I believe that the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty is the next step toward progress for the British people as members of the greater European community. There are those who, on the back of this historic result, will be naturally disappointed; to those people, I hope that we can build a bridge and help them understand how cooperation and integration in the European Union benefits them, regardless of their walk of life. Both campaigns, it should be said, conducted themselves responsible; and we can see from the results that, when scare tactics are removed from the equation, the British people prefer to do business with, and live with, Europe.
I am of course disappointed in tonight's result, but like all of my colleagues in my party, fully committed to honoring the democratic will of the people. The razor thin margin with which the Lisbon Treaty was accepted, however, is an obvious indicator of the British people's ongoing concerns with the direction of the European Union. This is why I believe it to be more critical than ever that while the Government dutifully adds our nation's signature to the list of ratifying nations, we remain ever vigilant that our place in Europe remains strong and our participation in the European Union is a mutually beneficial endeavor. The Conservative Party must continue to hold the Government accountable on their actions towards the EU, and ensure that British consumers and taxpayers get the best deal possible out of the alliance. It will be our responsibility as the country's faithful Opposition to remain vigilant in our work to ensure the EU continues to work in the interests of the UK.
This result is a milestone. It's not the result I campaigned for, but the British people have, for the first time in decades, had their say on one of the most monumental transfers of sovereignty in our history. And whatever my feelings on the matter, I will respect what they said. However, the razor-thin margin of victory makes it very clear that Europe divides the public opinion strongly. As we enter this next chapter for Britain in Europe, we need to show respect to the voices of everyone who voted in this referendum - and that's why this first vote should not be the last. We need to require referendums like this one on transfers of sovereignty by law.
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