Well, since the EUSSR couldn’t get a constitution, they’re settling for the Lisbon Treaty. As soon as it’s all signed, this magic piece of verbosity will — presto changeo! — become the new Constitution. All legal-like, just as in the days of Stalin and Co.:
European Union leaders signed a new governing treaty, with most countries planning parliamentary ratification to escape the popular votes that doomed the EU constitution.
The leaders set a January 2009 deadline for all 27 countries to ratify the Reform Treaty, which streamlines the EU’s decision-making machinery and creates the post of full-time president. A veto in any country would quash the treaty.
“Europe has finally overcome the political and institutional impasse (read “popular vote has been ignored”) which has curtailed its ability to act,” Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates said at the signing ceremony at a monastery in Lisbon today.
Only Ireland has to put the treaty to a referendum. According to Bloomberg, The Irish Times says support for the treaty was running twenty-five percent in late October, with sixty-two percent undecided.
“The treaty is being sold as a warm bowl of soup with nice vegetable bits,” Declan Ganley, head of anti-treaty group Libertas, said at a press conference in Dublin today. “We’ll be pointing to the dead mice in there.”
So far Denmark, France and the Netherlands plan to put the vote through the alimentary canal of their respective parliaments. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out…
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Portugal is dithering and British PM Brown is being fired upon by the Conservative opposition for pushing the Treaty down the throat of Parliament instead of doing what Blair promised: a referendum.
“Europe has finally overcome the political and institutional impasse [translate to read “the popular vote has been ignored”] which has curtailed its ability to act,” Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates said at the signing ceremony at a monastery in Lisbon today.
In other words, they built a work-around which ignores the will of the governed. A dirty job, but they have excellent predecessors to look back on.
It’s nice to know the Brits are not going willingly:
Polls show opponents of the treaty in the U.K. outnumber supporters two-to-one, and the majority of voters want a referendum, saying the accord is little different from the constitution.
I don’t see why they have to bother with this. Belgium has been getting along fine without a working government. I suppose it keeps the diplos off the streets and out of trouble. Hope they crack a few spines clapping one another on the back.
Hat tip: Fjordman (back in October)