There are currently four countries where ratification of the Lisbon Treaty is causing difficulties, and where the EU cannot be sure that a full ratification will be completed, as well as Ireland. The effect of the Irish vote has been to ‘worsen’ these problems for the EU, and give heart to those who are trying to stop the Treaty.
Sweden (see bottom of post)
Italy. Northern League, key part of governing coalition, demands referendum. (For full report click on ‘Italy’)
Germany. President Koehler will not sign ratification instrument, as Lisbon is unconstitutional under German Law, and not legally enforceable after Irish vote. (For full report click on ‘Germany’)
Czech Republic. President Vaclav Klaus, and also Chairman of Senate say the Irish referendum has finished the Treaty. (Full report below)
Lord Owen is proposing that the Lords shelve the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday in the light of the Irish decision. Brown insists that he will persevere and see it through. And yet reality must connect with the EU empire-builders, Merkel, Sarkozy, Barroso and Brown at some point. Nobody wants them. All of them are either the least popular leaders of their countries since polling began, or in Merkel’s case completely sidelined from power. What a desperate bunch of individuals to be pitching their claim to be the supreme rulers of the continent of Europe. It must be some kind of joke – surely.
Today’s Reuters report about Czech Republic carried by Telegraph – LINK. Same link as ‘Czech Republic’ above.
The Czechs have hammered another nail into the coffin of the Lisbon treaty by declaring that ratification must stop.
The EU treaty has been rejected by voters in Ireland.
Czech president Vaclav Klaus, who is supported by the country’s largest political party, called the Irish referendum vote a “victory of freedom and reason” and said “ratification cannot continue”.
His view was echoed in the Czech senate.
“Politicians have allowed the citizens to express their opinion only in a single EU country,” Mr Klaus said.
“The Lisbon treaty project ended with the Irish voters’ decision and its ratification cannot continue,” he wrote on his own website, according to Czech news agency CTK.
The resounding Irish no was a “victory of freedom and reason over artificial elitist projects and European bureaucracy,” he said.
Premysl Sobotka, Czech senate chairman, also said there was “no sense” continuing with ratification, according to the agency.
The Czech Republic, traditionally one of the more Euro-skeptic of the EU’s 27 member states, is one of nine countries which have not yet ratified the treaty.
While little opposition to continued ratification has been seen yet among leaders of the other eight, efforts to keep the Lisbon Treaty alive in any form would be near impossible if another country joined Ireland in rejection.
A summit of EU leaders will look for possible solutions to the institutional crisis next week.
Pictured – Czech President Vaclav Klaus, pointing out that whatever Ireland can do, the Czech Republic can also do!
UPDATE – Sweden is in a similar position to Germany as follows – from grahnlaw.com
‘Lagrådsremiss – Lissabonfördraget’ is the Swedish government’s draft ratification bill, published 29 May 2008, and sent to the Council on Legislation (Lagrådet), an expert body mandated to scrutinise the compatibility of proposals with the Constitution and other acts as well as the legal consistency of planned government bills.