"To promote the process of European integration, we must improve an institutional mechanism already existing in the European Union, reinforced co-operation, by making it more flexible and effective. This approach allows a few states to move faster and further. We are all aware that this mechanism is vital."
~French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, French National Asssembly, 9 May 2000 ~

Stop the European Court of Justice

Judicial decision-making in Europe is in deep trouble. The reason is to be found in the European Court of Justice (ECJ), whose justifications for depriving member states of their very own fundamental competences and interfering heavily in their legal systems are becoming increasingly astonishing. In so doing, it has squandered a great deal of the trust it used to enjoy. More »
10-09-08 | 20:29 |

A plan to circumvent the Irish "no" vote begins to emerge

The main pro-Lisbon opposition parties in Ireland have also reacted angrily to suggestions of a second referendum. A spokeswoman for Fine Gael said that talk of a second referendum only served to highlight the “arrogance and lack of respect” the government has for voters. A spokesman for the Labour Party said comments about a second referendum were “not helpful” and that there can be no question of simply putting the same proposition to the people again. More »
05-09-08 | 16:29 |

Treaty talk needs to stop skirting sovereignty issue

HERE is why the Lisbon Treaty referendum was lost — and if the Government does not address this, the next one will likely be lost as well: people are worried about the loss of sovereignty and national identity. After Lisbon went down in flames, its proponents angrily exclaimed that they could make neither head nor tail of why people voted ‘No’. The left had its reasons for rejecting the treaty, and the right had a totally different and contradictory set of reasons. But whether people voted ‘No’ because of fears about neutrality or abortion, or family law, or corporate tax, they had one thing in common; namely, a fear that Ireland is losing control of its future. This was the overriding concern of many ‘No’ voters but, instead of addressing this, the political establishment is taking a piecemeal approach. More »
05-08-08 | 12:13 |

No Means No: How Ireland Blocked the European Union's Lisbon Treaty

When the French and Dutch spectacularly rejected the European Constitution in 2005, analysts and commentators proclaimed the death of the grandiose project. But less than two years later, the European Union breathed life back into the corpse, recasting it as the Lisbon Treaty. The Treaty still contains the building blocks of a United States of Europe and will shift power from member states to Brussels in critical areas of policymaking, including defense, security, and energy. Ireland proved to be the only member state brave enough to put the Treaty to a public referendum. Declan Ganley led the ‘No’ campaign, arguing that the Treaty would weaken Ireland’s position in Europe, and do nothing to address democracy and unaccountability in Brussels. Prior to Ireland’s referendum, The Times newspaper commented that in the event of a ‘No’ vote, ‘there will be only one name on the lips of defeated eurocrats: Declan Ganley.’ 53 percent of Irish voters resoundingly rejected the Treaty on June 12. More »
23-07-08 | 17:12 |

The Lisbon Treaty is dead, the same formula has now been rejected by the Dutch and by Sarkozy's own people and now by the people of Ireland

“Along with many of my fellow Irish & European citizens, I was offended to hear Sarkozy say that Ireland would have to vote again. Sarkozy himself has denied the people of France a vote on the Lisbon Treaty saying ‘if there was a referendum in France, there would be no treaty’. For Sarkozy to tell Ireland to vote again is a shocking indictment of the anti-democratic attitude of some European leaders. More »
18-07-08 | 18:16 |

The Irish Government lines up with Brussels against the Irish people

LIE NO.1: That the nine EU States that have not yet ratified Lishon have a ‘right’ to do so irrespective of the Irish No. There is no such right under either EU law or customary international law. Brian Cowen could stop any further ratifications by saying to his EU partners that he respects the Irish No, that because of that there is no question of trying to overturn it by re-running the referendum, and that therefore Lisbon is dead because Ireland cannot ratify it and there is no point any other ratifications continuing, for Lisbon cannot come into force unless all 27 ratify it. British Foreign Secretary David Milliband underlined this point last weekend when he said that it depended on Brian Cowen whether Lisbon was alive or dead. More »
23-06-08 | 23:40 |

Europe's Unhappy Union – Political elites continue to push unification against their constituents' wishes

Is the European Union heading for a Yugoslavian-style denouement? It sometimes looks as if its political class, oblivious to the wishes or concerns of the EU’s various populations, is determined to bring one about. The French and the Dutch voted against the proposed European Constitution, but that did not deter the intrepid political class from pressing ahead with its plans for a superstate that no one else wants. To bypass the wishes of the people, the politicos reintroduced the constitution as a treaty, to be ratified by parliaments alone. Only the Irish had the guts’”or was it the foolhardiness?’”to hold a referendum on the issue. Unfortunately, the Irish people got the answer wrong. They voted no, despite their political leaders’ urging that they vote yes. No doubt the people will be given an opportunity in the future’”or several opportunities, if necessary’”to correct their mistake and get the answer right, after which there will be no more referenda. More »
23-06-08 | 23:32 |

Aftershock in EU Parliament


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23-06-08 | 22:20 |

Thank you Ireland!

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17-06-08 | 13:42 |

What happens next…

EU Treaties must be ratified unanimously. Each country ratifies a Treaty on the assumption that all other countries will do so too. If one country says that it cannot ratify a Treaty as it stands – in Ireland’s case because the Irish people have rejected it – there is no point in the other countries proceeding. This is what the French and Dutch governments did when their voters rejected the EU Constitution in 2005. They told their EU colleagues they could not put the same Treaty to their peoples again, so the remaining ratifications were abandoned. Is an Irish No less important than a French or Dutch one? We shall soon see. More »
16-06-08 | 14:55 |