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But Mr. Ganley argued that the French, Dutch and Irish votes exposed the lack of popular support for the EU blueprint.

“Mark my words,” he said, “if there is another vote on the EU constitution in Ireland, the ‘no’ total will be bigger.”

He joked that if Ireland were forced to hold a second national vote on the treaty, Mr. Sarkozy - languishing in opinion polls after just over a year in office - should be forced to run again for president of France.

Mr. Ganley predicted that any pressure on Irish voters to reverse their vote would backfire.

“What we are saying is, stop the bullying,” he said. “Listen to the people of Europe and what they are saying. They said it three times now - ‘no.’”