As news filters out of the Open Europe poll which indicates rapidly growing Irish euroscepticism, reported on Eureferendum Blog over the weekend, the countermeasures being taken by the Irish government to somehow obtain an Irish Lisbon ratification are taking shape.
Open Europe reports today –
The Irish government has initiated high-level contact with the two main opposition parties to discuss the formation of an all-party body on the Lisbon Treaty. AFP reports that Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview with Austrian newspaper Kurier that Irish voters might rethink their opposition to the EU Treaty if European leaders reassured them on key issues.
If the government can recruit all the leading Irish political Parties and persuade them to enter into negotiations looking towards a Parliamentary ratification, that will undoubtedly be the chosen course. All the talk of a second referendum which would be lost are fanciful. The Irish are going to be well and truly stitched up – and soon.
The EU cannot run the risk of David Cameron winning power in Britain, or a eurosceptic labour leader breaking through if Brown were to fall, before Lisbon is secured. The signs are there that the Irish are going to be ratified in whatever way the EU can, regardless of any sense of decorum, of democratic nicety and of the recent referendum result.
Ireland will soon learn that it is no longer a democratic country, and that the recent referendum was merely attempted window-dressing. Irish citizens are slaves as surely as the citizens of all other European countries. If the EU wishes to send Irish boys to die in its coming wars of global intervention, rivalling the USA’s efforts in Iraq, it will do so…bar some kind of miracle.
From The Irish Times today –
As part of the new EU battlegroup system, the Irish government is considering entering a military formation with the armies of Germany, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Austria. The EU battlegroups are a new system under which European armies commit troops to a common force or battlegroup. Irish Defence Minister Willie O’Dea has been holding talks with the other countries discussing the possibility of switching from the Nordic to the German-led battlegroup, although he has reportedly told his Austrian counterpart, Norbert Darabos, that it was still too early for Ireland to commit to the German-led battlegroup or to commit to continuing with the Nordic battlegroup.
It is quite clear that the Irish government is completely ignoring the referendum result already.
For a detailed look at which stitch the EU prefers in its choice of strait jacket, see Bruno Waterfield HERE.