Lisbon Treaty: Irish guarantees a fiction?

Thursday, 16 July 2009


We must do more than hope that the Irish will wake up to the con that they're being sold. We must help them to open their eyes. The EU will be throwing our money at a Yes vote, in the process, interfering with the democratic process in a sovereign state.

Let's look at what Gordon Brown said today.

Background:

About 48 minutes into the HoC Liaison Committee’s deliberations (today, from 10:00 to 12:32), Gordon Brown was asked whether Parliament would have to vote again on a protocol that attaches to the Lisbon Treaty, regarding Ireland’s ‘guarantees’.

Brown said that it would, but that whether or not the protocol was itself ratified, the Lisbon Treaty would still be ratified, if all member states did so in their respective countries.

The protocol would be attached to the next accession treaty.

Questions:

Given that the Lisbon Treaty is self-amending, requiring no agreement from member states to ratify any further treaties or amendments to current treaties, what guarantee is there that the Irish ‘guarantee’ protocol will actually be implemented?

What are Ireland’s options if, post-Lisbon Treaty ratification, the next accession treaty does not implement the ‘guarantee’ protocol?

Aren’t the Irish being asked to take on trust that this ‘guarantee’ protocol will be incorporated, as agreed with Ireland?

Are any sceptics asking these questions and ensuring that the Irish understand the implications of the pile of sh*t they are being sold?

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Taranis said...

Doubts about how long Ireland will be allowed its special concessions will help but I'm hoping what will really sink Lisbon for the Irish is the prospect of Blair as president of Europe. Absolutely everyone knows what a slippery, duplicitous weasel he is and I'm far from convinced that the citizens of Ireland will regard that as a favourable qualification for the office.

16 July 2009 at 16:09
banned said...

Didn't UK have some 'guarantees' ? What happened to them ?

17 July 2009 at 06:09