Has EU interfered with Irish referendum?
NO campaigners threaten legal challenge
Campaigners for a “No” vote have threatened a legal challenge after 1.1 million copies of the European Union booklet were distributed, at a cost to the taxpayer of £139,000.
Of course it should not come as a great surprise that the EU Commission has frittered away £139,000 on this “information booklet” to help the Irish come to the right decision, the Commission President José Manuel Barroso has beavered away ensuring that the Irish go to the polls once more in an attempt to cajole them into correcting their earlier “mistake”. It really is quite alarming that after France and Denmark firmly rejected the original proposals for a new EU Constitution that Barroso and his federalist allies should rebrand the whole thing and have another go at it, then when the Irish scupper the party by voting NO at a referendum they are bullied and pushed into repeating the whole exercise over again. The Lisbon Treaty needs to be ratified by all member states and it seems to me that the Commission will not be happy until it finally has it’s way, regardless of the democratic will of the people in it’s member states.
The great worry now, once we get Gordon Brown’s speech out of the way today, is that next week in Manchester the Conservatives have stage managed their conference agenda to ensure that the elephant in the room is neither seen nor heard, the Lisbon Treaty and Labour’s failure to uphold it’s promise of a referendum will not get a mention. Officially the Tory policy is “wait and see”, if it isn’t ratified by the time of the next election they promise to give us a referendum in the UK which the EU Commission will throw more of our money at , they are hoping that the Czechs become the next hurdle and stumbling block for the Commission to get over – but what if it is ratified by then? It is something that David Cameron and the Conservative Party is too fearful to talk about, they don’t want a huge argument over the EU in advance of the general election, they need a steady ship.
UKIP’s Nigel Farrage doesn’t need those sort of worries, what he needs is a new man at the helm of the EU, and not Tony Blair I hasten to add, Farrage will be standing against Speaker John Bercow in the general election hoping to take his UKIP message into Parliament and get the EU debate going in a more lively fashion than hitherto imagined in the corridors of Westminster.
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I’m wishing the Irish luck, if they vote NO on Friday again, you can guarantee that the EU will find ways and means of either bypassing the Irish or forcing them to go to the polls a third time.