The Irish have really put a spanner into the works of the EU. As Dymphna reported the other night, the presidents of Germany and Poland are now declining to sign the Treaty of Lisbon, due to the intransigence of those Gaelic upstarts.
The EU nomenklatura, under the leadership of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, are determined to disregard the Irish vote and press on regardless with the implementation of Lisbon. In fact, the former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing says that all future referendums will be ignored:
Future referendums will be ignored whether they are held in Ireland or elsewhere, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the architect of the European Union Constitution said.
The former President of France drafted the old Constitution that was rejected by French and Dutch voters three years ago before being resurrected as the Lisbon EU Treaty, itself shunned by the Irish two weeks ago.
Mr Giscard d’Estaing told the Irish Times that Ireland’s referendum rejection would not kill the Treaty, despite a legal requirement of unanimity from all the EU’s 27 member states.
In other words: Legality be damned! We’ll realize our full union, even over the objections of every single European, if necessary!
But the revolt against the mandarins in Brussels isn’t going to die down any time soon. Watch this video of a debate in the EU Parliament, in which protesters demanding referendums are answered by the EU’s apologists:
And consider this statement from Margot Wallström, EU vice president and the commissioner in charge of EU communication:
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Don’t forget: the European leaders have invested a lot of political capital into this whole procedure.
Yes, I think that about sums it up. Ms. Wallström has communicated the gist of things very effectively: there are a lot of fat oxen that stand to be gored if the treaty is not implemented, and they belong to powerful and influential people.
On the other hand, the opponents of the Lisbon Treaty are energetic and inspiring. There’s even a new slogan in Latin created for the occasion, part of a pithy quote from a British MEP named Daniel Hannon:
Mr. Cohn-Bendit [Danny the Red] said it would be quite wrong to have one million people deciding the fate of half a billion Europeans. Well, I’m happy to agree with that. Give the half-billion their referendums, too.
Pactio Olisipiensis Censenda Est.
The Lisbon Treaty must be put to the vote.
Hat tip: Henrik.