Tuesday, 10 July 2007

"Treaty changes are only presentational", writes former Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald

In an article on the revised EU constitutional treaty in the Irish Times on Saturday 30 June 2007, under the heading “Treaty Changes are Only Presentational”, Dr Garret FitzGerald, former Irish Taoiseach(Prime Minister) and leading member of the international European Movement, stated the following:

TREATY CHANGES ARE ONLY PRESENTATIONAL

“As for the changes now proposed to be made to the constitutional treaty, most are presentational changes that have no practical effect. They have simply been designed to enable certain heads of government to sell to their people the idea of ratification by parliamentary action rather than by referendum. . .

Apart from a brief, last-minute postponement (designed to buy off Polish opposition) of the introduction of a new system of qualified majority voting, the remaining adjustments to be made to the treaty signed in 2004 – but still not ratified by nine member states – are essentially presentational and have no perceptible legal effect.”