It seems the EU is stumbling from one insoluble crisis to another. The UK government having promised in their last manifesto to have a referendum on the EU constitution are being taken to court by Tory millionaire Stuart Wheeler for not doing so. Ah! say the government, but after France and Netherlands rejected the constitution by their referendums, the constitution was scrapped and in it’s place we now have something called the “Lisbon Treaty”. Wheeler asserts that The Lisbon Treaty is just the EU constitution dressed up for Haloween. Now this blog would not normally ally itself with a rich Tory but in the case of the EU I’ll make an exception.
From left, The EU Constitution, The Lisbon Treaty, A Big Pile of Shite.
There are probably few countries who have done better out of the EU than the Republic of Ireland. Ireland is a success story of the EU but one which will be increasingly difficult to repeat for a whole host of reasons. However it will be very interesting to find out how the good citizens of the Republic vote in their referendum this Thursday on the Lisbon Treaty.
Time and time again when the ordinary voters are given the opportunity to deliver a verdict on the EU, that verdict is negative. It is ironic that it takes a bastion of old British privilege to press for the ordinary citizen in the UK to be given the opportunity promised to them to do the same.
Ordinary folk in the EU want close co-operation and friendly relations with their neighbours -of course they do. They probably think the single currency is not a bad idea. However, ask them about the European parliament, Euro law, and loss of sovereignty and it is a different story.
The people say no. Are the Eurocrats listening?