Last Thursday representatives of the member states of the European Union signed the Treaty of Lisbon at the Jerónimos monastery in the ancient city and capital of Portugal. This “treaty” is in fact the same old EU Constitution, slightly disguised and redecorated after its embarrassing rejection by actual voters.
The new treaty has yet to be ratified by several European
provinces nations, and one — Ireland — has promised to hold a referendum. Nonetheless, it seems likely that the Treaty of Lisbon will be accepted by the member states of the EU, thus bringing into being a new tyrannical and unaccountable anti-democratic entity that will wield massive power over most of the continent of Europe.
However, writing in the comments to yesterday’s post about the protest in the EU Parliament, Maria José Figueiredo is optimistic that the Treaty of Lisbon may well die in the same city where it was born:
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As to the Lisbon Treaty (I gasp at having my lovely city’s name connected to it!), there may still be some hope.
José Sócrates, the Portuguese prime minister, is still trying to decide in what way is his government going to ratify it. During the last couple of years, he has declared repeatedly that he would call for a referendum on the treaty, and he has promised to do just that during the electoral campaign. Parties from far left to far right are calling for a referendum, and people inside his own party are voicing the same request, saying it’s hard to see how he can avoid it.
Meanwhile, Alan Lamassoure, Sarkozy’s adviser for European matters has said that, were Sócrates to call a referendum, that would be a ‘betrayal’ (sic) on his part; for, on that scenario, Gordon Brown would hardly be able not to do the same, other countries would follow, and some country or other is bound to say no to the treaty.
So you see, with a bit of luck, its birthplace might turn out to be its cemetery…
This is encouraging news. It seems that we would be well-advised to keep an eye on Portugal.