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  • The EU's attempt at pressing the Lisbon Treaty

    When a member of the European Parliament, “Red” Daniel Cohn-Bendit, said in a plenary session that there was a possible financial link between the Irish “No to Lisbon Treaty” campaign and the Pentagon and CIA, it was easy to dismiss the accusation as a storm in a tea-cup from one of Parliament’s more eccentric members. However, while at dinner in Brussels last night, I was told that an official European Parliamentary delegation will raise the matter with US Congressmen next month during a visit to Miami.

    EUOBSERVER has confirmed the report today, although the chairman of the European delegation, Jonathan Evans MEP, said that the matter would be raised informally rather than formally. As a sensible man, Evans has said he will not elevate these ‘concerns’ to the same level “as the main agenda items.”

    Evans is right to take a cautious approach, although a dismissive one would perhaps be better. US Congressmen should treat these accusations with the contempt that they deserve and send a message to the European parliament in the strongest terms that unwarranted and baseless accusations against the United States will not be tolerated.

    The European Constitution was rejected by France and Holland in 2005, before its official abandonment and rebirth as the Lisbon Treaty. Ireland, being the only country brave enough to hold a referendum, voted against Lisbon in a free and fair referendum. Britain is just one of several other EU countries who refused to hold referenda, knowing that they would surely be lost. The only conspiracy here is on the part of EU elites, desperate to railroad through a discredited treaty.

    By the EU’s own rules of success, the Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty have failed. A rejection by one – and especially by three! – should have represented a rejection by all. The EU’s illegitimate and immoral attempts to press on with the Lisbon Treaty regardless of their own rules (and Ireland’s constitutional arrangements) is shameful.

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    3 Responses to The EU's attempt at pressing the Lisbon Treaty

    1. Damian Hockney, Lond says:

      Quite right…and not sure if you are aware of another thing that is happening in Ireland at the moment. The Irish government, using tame journalists from state radio and tv, is trying to cleverly rig the rules for media coverage of the next Lisbon Treaty referendum. The tame journalists are floating stories that it is "unfair" that the No campaign received meaningful media coverage and that by rights it should receive very little. Their twisted argument is that as most of the elected politicians were in favour of the Yes side, then that should dictate media coverage! Watch out for developments on this and the attempt to crush fair media coverage of the No side next time. As you probably know, the Irish people have to vote, vote and vote again until they give the right answer…

    2. Christian, UK says:

      I don't believe the CIA rubbish, but what fair media coverage Damian? The No campaign was based on blatant lies such as forced legalisation of abortion and scare stories about Irish being drafted into a European army.

      The No campaign should have their air time but they shouldn't be able to fictionalise the content of the Lisbon Treaty.

      The Lisbon Treaty is essential to reform the EU. The Irish should vote again but a No to Lisbon should also mean a No to EU membership. Likewise the UK. If a majority of a country's population is anti EU they should be free to leave and let the others get on with it.

    3. Derek, Dublin says:

      I wish this issue would just go away to be honest, as a registered voter in Ireland and someone who voted Yes because I believe Europe has been good to Ireland but I will admit that I sneakily did laughed when we rejected it…and the whole CIA link is absurd. I will give you one solid reason why the people of Ireland rejected it, because all the politicians were for it

      It's that simple

      p.s. the first comment is perfectly true about the government is trying to change the laws regarding coverage rights. Somehow I don't think the European Courts will appeal this one.

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