It appears that the assurances offered by the EU to Ireland to entice them to accept the Lisbon treaty actually make little or no difference.
They’ve been offered a full-time Irish Commissioner. But while the Lisbon Treaty proposed a smaller Commission, it still allowed the Council by unanimity to agree a different number, so there is no fundamental change to the treaty. They’ve been offered assurances that they will be protected on tax policy, military conscription and abortion. But if we trust the expert (Richard Corbett, Labour MEP for Yorkshire), the Treaty never threatened those policy areas to start with.
But they can’t have it both ways. Either this is exactly the same Treaty as before, in which case it’s a double scandal that the Irish are asked to vote as if it had changed when it has not (a gift to the NO campaign). Or it is a different Treaty with material alterations — in which case all 27 member-states should have to ratify it.
Of course they have form on bringing forward essentially the same document in a different guise — remember the EU Constitution that morphed into the Lisbon Treaty.
I thought it was only the defendants in rape trials who said “OK so she said No, but I was sure she meant Yes”. But now the EU institutions are saying the same thing to Irish voters: “You voted No in the referendum, but you really want the Treaty, don’t you?”.
When I made these points in the Constitutional Affairs Committee, the passionate Irish Republican MEP Brian Crowley said “He would take no instructions from the former colonial power”. But he’s also passionate about the EU, so I replied that it was a shame he took instructions from the new colonial power.
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