The Lisbon Treaty

I accept completely, that I am nowhere near as familiar as many of you are with the ins and out’s “hopefully”, of Brexit, but to a lay person who came out of the voting woodwork, to desperately and urgently vote for Brexit, this Lisbon Treaty looks terrifying.


6 Responses to “The Lisbon Treaty”

  1. Aldous says:

    The EU and the death penalty

    At the time when the Lisbon treaty was undergoing ratification, there was a rather odd eurosceptic complaint in Germany that the Lisbon treaty, by giving legal force to the Charter of Fundamental Rights, was not abolishing the death penalty but in fact bringing it back.

    Lisbon Treaty: Disagree, and You’re Dead

    Professor Schachtschneider pointed out that the European Union reform treaty (aka the Lisbon Treaty) reintroduces the death penalty in Europe, which is very important, especially knowing that, for instance, Italy was recently trying to abandon the death penalty through the United Nations forever and everywhere.

    The death penalty cause is not even in the treaty, but in a footnote, because with the European Union reform treaty, we accept also the European Union Charter, which says that there is no death penalty, but then, and also in a footnote, it says: “except in the case of war, riots, upheaval” — then the death penalty is possible.

    Schachtschneider points to the fact that this is an outrage, because they put it in a “footnote of a footnote,” and you have to read it really like a super-expert to find out!

  2. Aldous says:

    The EUSSR(sic) Story – Why Killing is Essential to Communism (5:24)

  3. Aldous says:

    Parliamentary questions
    2 June 2008
    WRITTEN QUESTION by Ashley Mote (NI) to the Commission

    Can the Commission please clarify the confusion that has arisen over the inclusion, or not, of the death penalty in the Lisbon Treaty?

    Professor Schachtschneider, Humanities Faculty, University of Nuremberg, has been quoted in a recent issue of Executive Intelligence Review saying that the Lisbon Treaty re-introduces the death penalty.

    Since the Italian Government has been trying to have the death penalty abolished worldwide through the United Nations, were they aware of this fact when they signed the Lisbon Treaty? And does the Commission agree that, depending on the answer to this question, the Italian Parliament might take an even more sceptical view of the Lisbon Treaty than it has already?

    Is the Commission aware that confusion over the re-introduction of the death penalty arises from the fact that the references are in footnotes to footnotes, the last one of which says that the death penalty would be available ‘in the case of war, riots, upheaval’?

    Given the curious, almost clandestine, way in which the death penalty has featured, can the Commission please define ‘riots and upheaval’? Who will decide? Would strikes, protests on the streets, even votes in national parliaments against continuing membership of the EU be categorised as ‘upheaval’?

    Is the Commission finally coming to fear the manner of its going?

    If not, why slide the death penalty into the Lisbon Treaty in such an extraordinary and underhand way that it has taken academics many weeks to uncover?

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