No rush on Irish ratification for the UPC Agreement


On 25 May 2015, the Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, confirmed that there would be no more referenda during this Parliament. The Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) must ask the Irish President to dissolve the government and call a general election no later than 3 April 2016. Ireland is a signatory to the Unified Patent Court Agreement and the Irish Government needs to hold a referendum before it can be ratified. If the Irish Parliament runs its full course, the UPC Agreement is unlikely to be ratified in Ireland until late 2016 or early 2017. Ratification will also depend on the prominence a new government gives to UPC Agreement.

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