Friday, June 13, 2008

Ireland Vote Rejects EU Treaty

Curt Here...

Ireland has rejected the EU treaty and has at least temporary put on hold the implementation of the unification of Europe under one constitutional treaty. This will more than likely bring shock waves to many of the EU leaders who have dedicated much time and energy to this document and to the ratification process.

Somehow, I believe that there are few in the higher levels of leadership within the EU who are not as concerned. You see, there is an existing document that has been in place since June of 2000, that will give complete power to one individual over the entire EU in the event of an emergency. It is of course Recommendation 666.

You can read it here.

I believe that all of the groundwork for the future AC to assume complete control over the EU is all ready in place. So, if you were this individual waiting to assume power when the timing was right would you be worried about some treaty that didn't get passed today?

Not hardly.



Ireland has rejected the EU reform treaty, politicians said based on a wave of returns from the referendum on the issue.

Tallies of votes produced nationally by election observers, as well as early official returns, all showed the "no" camp ahead in the vast majority of Ireland's 43 electoral constituencies. Pro-treaty voters were clearly ahead in only a few.

Electoral officials expected to confirm the result later and send shock waves throughout the EU.
The euro fell to a one-month low on the news.

Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said he expected all other 26 EU members to ratify the Lisbon Treaty through their national parliaments by the end of this year.

This would leave Ireland - the only member to put the mammoth, often-unreadable document to a national vote - diplomatically isolated but nonetheless wielding the power to prevent the treaty from becoming law and forcing a period of renewed negotiations.

"Obviously it's disappointing. It's quite clear there's a very substantial 'no' vote," said Mr Ahern, who noted that 58% of voters rejected the treaty in his home district.

"If we're left as the only country that has not ratified the treaty, it will obviously raise questions. We're in uncharted waters," he said.

The outcome appears likely to throw the EU into renewed diplomatic turmoil and fuel appeals across the continent for more democratic accountability.

The Lisbon Treaty was painstakingly negotiated following the failure of the EU's proposed constitution, which French and Dutch voters rejected in 2005. Both documents sought to reshape EU powers and institutions in line with its rapid growth in size and population since 2004.

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