The EU is getting devious in its approach to the smaller nations on its fringes, it seems. Ireland is being told that their referendum will count for nothing, and that ratification of Lisbon will be obtained one way or the other however the people voted – details outlined below.
In Serbia there is a similar abandonment of the norms of democratic behaviour by the EU. The Serbs were promised that they would not have to recognise Kosovo as a condition of their applying to the EU for membership. But now the terms of that promise, which enabled the pro-EU coalition to form the new government, are becoming clear. If the Serbs were to actually do anything to press their claim to Kosovo, such as by applying for a judgement from the International Court Of Justice, their application to the EU might, surprise surprise, be ‘delayed’.
British Ambassador to Serbia and EU stool pigeon, Stephen Wordsworth, says that if Serbia were to apply to the ICJ, it would be a ‘mistake’ and a ‘direct challenge to the EU’. See report HERE.
The EU clearly hopes that the Irish and the Serbs will fall into line with their wishes and forget about the strongly held views of their peoples, and with their arms pressed up their backs, buckle to EU power. The aim is the same in both countries, to force the governments to override the democratically expressed wishes of the voters.
The only problem could be that the EU finds that people set freedom and principle above the economic and other benefits of being allowed to trade with the EU – a right which ought not be blocked to free nations in the first place.
The other possibility that these small nations will find quickly enough that the nations that don’t join the EU and which keep their own governments such as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland maintain far greater levels of wealth and contentment. The EU might be pushing Serbs and Irish people beyond what it is possible for them to go, and they will create the circumstances which precipitate the unravelling of the ‘soft power’ that they are ready and willing to deploy against the national will of so many peoples throughout Europe.
Maybe these little minnows will slip through the EU’s net, and strike out alone. Both would find a great deal of sympathy and support around the globe if they did stand up to the arrogance of EU ‘soft power’.
IRISH DETAILS (from Open Europe)
Irish Times Political Editor Stephan Collins has an article in the paper arguing that “a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty is doomed to almost certain defeat.”
He therefore suggests that the core of the Treaty should be passed through the Irish Parliament, with a far more limited referendum held on certain points of controversy:
“If a referendum cannot be won, the only solution is for the Dáil to find a way to ratify the essential nuts and bolts of the treaty, while allowing the electorate to vote again on the issues that caused such anxiety in the campaign.” He suggests that the Dáil could ratify the Treaty while simultaneously opting out of areas such as the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the new defence arrangements “whose misrepresentation prompted so many women to vote No”.
He admits that “Such an approach poses huge legal difficulties”, and suggests that the Irish government has received “expert legal advice”, saying that this “cannot be done, as there are legal problems at EU level about opting out of elements of the treaty after the event”. However, he argues that “it should not be beyond the wit of constitutional lawyers to devise a solution to the problem… If the price that Ireland requires to ratify is some fancy legal footwork at European level then it should be possible to come up with a formula, empty or otherwise.”
Arguing that most No voters did not understand the Treaty, Collins concludes that “a good proportion of the electorate might be relieved if the Dáil took on the responsibility of dealing with it, rather than opting for another long drawn out and confused public debate about issues people cannot, or will not, understand.”
Dan Hannan MEP picks up on Collins’ article on his Telegraph blog. He argues, “It’s what I’ve been scared of all along. It’s what I’d do if I were an Irish Euro-integrationist. And if Stephen Collins is writing it, political Dublin is planning it.”