Press Statement by
People’s Movement - Gluaiseacht an Phobail
Today’s announcement following the European Council meeting has confirmed to the Irish public that since the Lisbon referendum last summer the Irish Government has been conspiring in secret with the EU Commission and Europe’s political elite to subvert the sovereign democratic will of the Irish people rather than represent it. The subversion of the democratic will of the Irish people has resulted in Ireland becoming a post - democratic state and the EU entering a post-democratic era.
Press Statement by
People’s Movement - Gluaiseacht an Phobail
Frank Keoghan, Secretary of People’s Movement – Gluaiseacht an Phobail, a group that campaigned for rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, has said that, ‘When the people of France and the Netherlands voted to reject the EU Constitution, their governments requested that ratification should stop because of the unanimity requirement for treaties to come into force. But the Irish government chose to ignore the democratic decision of the Irish people and immediately began conniving with other EU leaders in order to find a way of circumventing the referendum result’.
Speaking at a People’s Movement vigil outside the EU Commission building at Place Schumann in Brussels, where People’s Movement delivered a letter to Council President Sarkozy, he pointed out that, ‘This process has culminated in the Taoiseach travelling to Brussels today to be told by EU leaders how to solve the ‘Irish question’. It is plain, that irrespective of the rules of the EU, there is one rule for the big member states and another for the smaller ones and that all the EU leaders are now guilty of corrupting democracy in an increasingly post – democratic era for the European Union’.
ADDITIONAL NOTE by
The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre
24 Crawford Avenue
Thursday 11 December 2008
Under the current Nice Treaty arrangements (Treaty Establishing the European Community, Article 214.2) Member States have the right to “propose” a Commissioner every five years. This is effectively a right to decide, because while the others can ask the Member State in question to give them some other proposal if they do not like the person proposed, if that Member State declines to change its mind, its proposal will prevail, for otherwise it can refuse to accept the proposals of the others.
Article 214.2 TEC reads: “The Council, acting by a qualified majority and by common accord with the nominee for the President shall adopt the list of other persons whom it intends to appoint as Members of the Commission, drawn up in accordance with the proposals made by each Member State.”
The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre
24 Crawford Avenue
Thursday 11 December 2008
Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s hypocrisy in pretending to “respect” the people’s referendum vote on Lisbon is now evident, for not a jot or tittle of Lisbon will be altered when he forces the people to vote on it a second time next year.
Political Declarations or promises regarding future Treaties that are not yet even drafted will not alter a comma of the Lisbon Treaty.
If people vote Yes in Lisbon Two to exactly the same Treaty which they voted No to last June they will be changing the Irish Constitution so as to recognise the supremacy of the law of the new Union which Lisbon would establish over anything contrary, whether in the Irish Constitution or in political Declarations and promises that might be tacked on to Lisbon.
Comment by DECLAN GANLEY AND JENS-PETER BONDE
Today , Thursday 11 December 2008 @ 09:13 CET
EUOBSERVER / COMMENT - The French president yesterday told the group leaders of the European parliament that he has made a deal with the Irish government to hold a second referendum in Ireland to ratify the Lisbon treaty first rejected on 12 June by 53 percent of Irish voters.
None of the representatives of the Irish people who voted No to the Lisbon Treaty were consulted by the Irish government before they struck a deal with the French Presidency. The Irish government has simply ignored the result of the referendum and betrayed those people who voted No in the majority.
Russia, EU are strategic partners — Lavrov
MOSCOW, December 10 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regards the European Union as Russia’s strategic partner.
Speaking at a meeting with foreign businessmen on Wednesday, he said that “EU is Russia’s closest neighbour and partner both in politics and economy.” According to Lavrov, those relations “are acquiring a new quality, and we have every reason to describe them today as strategic partnership.” “We are satisfied with the level of our relations,” the Russian Foreign Minister stressed.
This initiative clearly demonstrates the Empire’s determination to combat criminal acts.
Op ATALANTA will involve six warships and three surveillance aircraft with contributions expected from the provinces of Britannia, Frankia, Hellas, Hispano, and Germania, patrolling a million square lightyears of the Indian Galaxy and Rings of Aden where pirates have captured several vessels and taken numerous hostages this aeon alone.
from euobserver.com NEWS IN BRIEF
The Czech parliament has put off a debate on ratifying the Lisbon treaty until 3 February, DPA reports. The decision was taken by a 159 against 8 vote. The conservative ODS party of prime minister Topolanek pushed for the delay to try and clinch a political deal on the US missile shield first.
Today @ 09:24 CET
Draft conclusions for this week’s EU summit say the Lisbon treaty is to enter into force on 1 January 2010 in a deal struck by Ireland and the French EU presidency, Reuters reports, citing diplomatic sources. The phrasing will put pressure on Ireland to hold a second referendum on the text in time.
by Niall, Ireland
To understand the Machiavellian machinations behind the EU Project we must examine the psychological roots of the rapacious centralisation of power. Watching Europe’s political class squirm after Ireland’s No vote, I couldn’t help but feel that some of them know something we don’t: there is an agenda that must be met. Ireland could not be threatened into sealing the nEU Deal, yet it’s business as usual for the fanatical Eurocrats who are adamant nothing will get in their way.
It is evident, for those with eyes to see, that political discord between rival criminal cartels is purely for public consumption. Bread and circuses. Policy is not shaped by party politics. Decisions are made by a few: everyone else adjusts or starves. Weapons of financial mass destruction deployed by Central Bankers and Disaster-Capitalists, under the guise of protecting the markets and improving the efficiency of the system, vacuum the wealth of the nations – the work people produce – into ever fewer hands.
Meeting between Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, and members of the Conference of the Presidents of the European Parliament, Friday 5 December 2008, Prague Castle
Daniel Cohn-Bendit MEP: I brought you a flag, which - as we heard - you have everywhere here at the Prague Castle. It is the flag of the European Union, so I will place it here in front of you.
It will be a tough Presidency. The Czech Republic will have to deal with the work directive and climate package. EU climate package represents less than what our fraction would wish for. It will be necessary to hold on to the minimum of that. I am certain that the climate change represents not only a risk, but also a danger for the future development of the planet. My view is based on scientific views and majority approval of the EP and I know you disagree with me. You can believe what you want, I don’t believe, I know that global warming is a reality.
Lisbon Treaty: I don’t care about your opinions on it. I want to know what you are going to do if the Czech Chamber of Deputies and the Senate approve it. Will you respect the will of the representatives of the people? You will have to sign it….
Les eurodéputés au pays des Tchèques
LE MONDE | 05.12.08 | 14h42 • Mis à jour le 05.12.08 | 14h43
Cette semaine, les eurodéputés sont partis en goguette. Direction Prague, au pays de la future présidence de l’Union européenne. Les plus fous nourrissaient l’ultime espoir d’évangéliser les eurosceptiques Tchèques et de donner des leçons d’Europe au plus dur à cuire de tous, l’ultralibéral et souverainiste président Vaclav Klaus. Il devait recevoir les chefs de groupe parlementaire pendant une demi-heure, vendredi 5 décembre.
Jeudi soir, dans un café pragois, le Vert Dany Cohn-Bendit répète le numéro qu’il a mijoté pour le président. Dany a pris de sérieux risques : il a apporté de Bruxelles un tout petit drapeau européen qu’il s’apprête à brandir comme un fétiche et à poser sur le bureau de Vaclav Klaus. “Il est phobique. On va bien voir”, se réjouissait-il avant l’aventure.
Wednesday 3 December 2008
Following poll was reported in the Daily Star on page 8.
70% reject a second Lisbon referendum
57% would vote No in a Treaty rerun.
A new opinion poll shows that 70% of people do not want a rerun of the Lisbon Treaty. The poll also shows that if a new treaty was forced upon the electorate that it would end up being heavily defeated.
The poll was carried out by former staff members of the Catholic Hibernian magazine, who have now set up their own non-profit social affairs research organization Gael Poll.
The chief advisor to Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Ladislav Jakl, has argued Mr Klaus should lodge a fresh complaint against the Lisbon treaty at the country’s constitutional court, citing future loss of sovereignty, Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza reports. The court cleared an earlier complaint last week.
source: euobserver.com news in brief
(N.B. The four numbered sections below correspond to the four issues the Committee has been asked to report on. See also the preliminary submission above.)
1. The challenges facing Ireland following the Lisbon Treaty referendum result:
By voting No to the Lisbon Treaty on 12 June 2008 the majority of Irish voters rejected the proposal that they should change the Irish Constitution to allow the abolition of the present European Union and European Community which were established by the the 1992 Treaty of Maastricht as amended, and their replacement by a legally new European Union, separate from and superior to its Member States, which would be established by the Lisbon Treaty, whose laws, acts and measures would thereafter have the force of law in the State. The Irish people thereby rejected the attempt to establish a European Union which would have the constitutional form of a supranational Federation, of which they would be made real citizens for the first time, just as the peoples of France and the Netherlands rejected a similar proposition when they voted No to the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe in 2005.
The letter below is being sent today to all Irish Deputies and Senators in connection with the proposal to re-run the Lisbon Referendum in order to get a different result.
It is accompanied by copies of the two submissions (first below, second here)made to the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Ireland’s Future in the EU by Anthony Coughlan on behalf of this organisation
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Thursday 27 November 2008
The top officials in Foreign Affairs sold Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister Micheal Martin a pup when they persuaded them on the morning of the Lisbon referendum count last June that they should not respect the people’s democratic vote by accepting that Ireland could not ratify Lisbon because the voters had rejected it.
That would have been the end of Lisbon and opened the way to a better Treaty.
On behalf of the People’s Movement against the EU in Denmark, research institute Synovate made an opinion poll on EU military. 1010 statistically representative persons in Denmark were interviewed between the 15th and 25th of October.
Three questions were asked:
Unlike the title of the article, many decent people in Europe find this kind of search for obstacles repulsive, however:
“No legal obstacle appears to exist to having a referendum either on precisely the same issue as that dealt with on June 12th or some variation thereof,” the report into Ireland’s future within the European Union said.
whole article by Irish Times here.
THE REPORT of the All-Party Oireachtas Subcommittee on Ireland’s Future in the European Union is due to be published this afternoon, following its presentation to the Joint Committee on European Affairs at Leinster House in the morning.
The final report is expected to be very similar in content to the draft circulated to subcommittee members.
Brno - The Czech Constitutional Court may have not examined the EU Lisbon treaty the last time now, as a group of deputies or senators and the president can still propose that the court assess other parts of the treaty, different from those it has dealt with now.
They can submit the proposal during the next phases of the process of the treaty ratification.
The court said it had not examined the treaty as a whole but only dealt with its certain parts against which concrete arguments were raised.
On 20th of November demonstration against the passing of the Services Directive took place in front of the Norwegian Parliament. The Labour Party decided last week that they don’t want to use the right of reservation in the EEA agreement against the Services Directive. The other two government parties, the Centre Party and the Socialist Left party, voted against the passing of this directive. The Norwegian labour union (LO) demanded several guarantees from the government to support the passing of the directive, for instance that existing and future measures to prevent social dumping would be protected. The prime minister claimed this can be guaranteed, but as we all know the future content of the services directive will be decided by the ECJ.
Almost 900 Labour Party members and labour union members have signed a social democratic petition against the passing of the directive.
250 people outside the Norwegian parliament, several political parties represented, Youth against the EU hosted it. Central board member of the Norwegian Social Democrat Youth party (AUF), Stine Renate Håheim, and Boye Ullmann from one of our labour unions, made short speeches. There were other demonstrations in eight cities around Norway. We asked the government not to pass the directive after all, and a man dressed as a priest followed by a mock funeral possession buried Norwegian labour rights.
Mr. Chairman and judges of the Constitutional Court,
I am at this hearing, because the Constitutional Court asked me to present my viewpoint on the proposal made by the Senate of the Czech Republic Parliament to have the Lisbon Treaty, modifying the Treaty on the European Union and the Treaty Establishing the European Community as agreed in Lisbon on 17 December 2007, examined in order to assess, whether or not it is compatible with the Czech Republic’s Constitution.
At the beginning, I would like to emphasize that I am well aware that the arguments that are the most relevant for the decision of the Constitutional Court, are legal arguments. I will concentrate on these arguments in my speech.
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The court is to discuss whether the treaty is consistent with Czech law. The protesters included seven members of the National Party (NS) and three representatives of the grouping Law and Justice.
The court proceedings will be attended by President Vaclav Klaus (video in Czech language), a vehement opponent of the treaty. Shortly before his arrival, the police asked the protesters to leave the place, which they refused to do.
“The law forbids public assembly within the 100-metre perimeter around of the Constitutional Court,” local police chief Martin Kotlan said.
He called on the protesters to go to the farther pavement, which is not within the required distance, but the police would tolerate it. After the demonstrators refused to do so, the police separated them from the staircase leading to the court building.
The police have warned them that they were violating the law, for which they will bear responsibility.
The protesters unfolded a banner rejecting the treaty.
NS chairwoman Petra Edelmannova said the party supported Klaus in his position on the Lisbon treaty.
“It is quite a useless document. The EU needs neither the European constitution nor anything similar,” Edelmannova said.
The Czech Republic is the only EU state not to have taken an official position on the treaty so far.
The government is for its ratification, but [Klaus is against it]( Klaus trvá na tom, že Lisabonská smlouva je protiústavní).
It is quite possible that the year 2008 will be remembered in China as the year of the rat while in Europe as the year of the rat-ification. We’ve already pondered on that.
However tomorrow, November 25th, will actually be an unusual and important day for the whole REUC (renamed EU Constitution) ratification process. Namely until today not a single ratification (except in Great Britain!) has involved significantly higher level of legal scrutiny. Attempts were made in Slovenia, in Austria constitutional judges are still warming up, and last but not least the German legal school of constitutional law will surely display a precedent or two in due time.
In the last 11 months of pan-European “Lisbon Treaty ratification” media-campaign we’ve adapted to the biased reporting and it’s quite understandable that this “Constitutional Tuesday” is not yet highlighted as the day when all can change. And it can all change at the Czech Constitutional Court.
At Tuesday’s session they will also await the arrival and speech of Mr. Václav Klaus, President of Czech Republic, who stands as a firm and generally respected EU-realist with a lifelong experience of different types of political systems, last of whom is better known as the European Union.
European Referendum Campaign has prepared a brief overview in English of the questions to the Czech Constitutional Court which was asked to inspect a possible legal correspondence of the Czech Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty (…amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community).
Happy days for constitutional lawyers are here. Specially if they will be asked from the side of the media to explain in depth to their readers/listeners/viewers why the Lisbon Treaty was a bridge too far in an illegitimate attempt to create another European empire in dissonance with the will of its people.