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Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
i am so happy that ireland voted no, i am engish. I don't know a lot about politics, but i try to keep up and i read about the Lisbon Treaty and didn't think it was a good idea at all, but english people did not get the right to vote. Does anyone know why this is?
Originally posted by BrokenVisage
Aren't these fascists SUPPOSED to be sent back to the drawing board to reconfigure this treaty so it appeases Ireland, instead of jamming the same thing down their throats or even kicking them out of Europe in the sense that they would have no say?
Frickin' elitist human SCUMS OF THE EARTH!
[edit on 16-6-2008 by BrokenVisage]
Mr Giscard d'Estaing told the Irish Times that Ireland's referendum rejection would not kill the Treaty, despite a legal requirement of unanimity from all the EU's 27 member states.
"We are evolving towards majority voting because if we stay with unanimity, we will do nothing," he said.
Mr Giscard d'Estaing also admitted that, unlike his original Constitutional Treaty, the Lisbon EU Treaty had been carefully crafted to confuse the public.
"What was done in the [Lisbon] Treaty, and deliberately, was to mix everything up. If you look for the passages on institutions, they're in different places, on different pages," he said.
"Someone who wanted to understand how the thing worked could with the Constitutional Treaty, but not with this one."
France and Germany are putting pressure on Ireland to hold a second referendum which would allow the Lisbon Treaty to come into force before European elections on June 4 2009.
Mr Giscard d'Estaing believes "there is no alternative" to a second Irish vote, a view shared by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President.
Mr Sarkozy, who takes over the EU's rotating presidency next week, will use a Brussels summit on October 15 to force Ireland to find a way out of Europe's Treaty difficulties.