posted on Jul, 21 2009 @ 05:08 PM
8. Would give the EU Court of Justice the power to decide our rights as EU citizens by making the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights legally binding for
the first time (Art.6 TEU). This would give power to the EU judges to use their case law to lay down a uniform standard of rights for the 500 million
citizens of the post-Lisbon Union in the name of a common EU citizenship in the years to come. It would open the possibility of clashes with national
human rights standards in sensitive areas where Member States differ from one another at present, e.g. trial by jury, the presumption of innocence
until proven guilty,habeas corpus, the legalisation of hard drugs, euthanasia, abortion, labour law, succession law, marriage law, children’s rights
etc. Ireland’s Supreme Court and the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights would no longer have the final say on what our rights are.
9. Would abolish the national veto Ireland has at present by handing over to the EU the power to make laws binding on us in 32 new policy areas,
including public services, crime, justice and policing, immigration, energy, transport, tourism, sport, culture, public health, the EU budget and
international measures on climate change.
10. Would reduce the power of National Parliaments to make laws in relation to 49 policy areas or matters, and increase the influence of the European
Parliament in making EU laws in 19 new areas (See euabc.eu for the two lists).
11. Would be a self-amending Treaty which would permit the EU Prime Ministers and Presidents to shift most remaining EU policy areas where unanimity
is required and a national veto still exists – for example on tax harmonisation – to qualified majority voting on the EU Council of Ministers,
without need of further EU Treaties or referendums(Art.48 TEU).
12. Would enable the 27 EU Prime Ministers to appoint an EU President for up to five years without allowing voters any say as to who he or she would
be – thereby abolishing the present six-monthly rotating EU presidencies (Art.15.5 TEU).
13. Would militarize the EU further, requiring Member States “progressively to improve their military capabilities” (Art.42.3 TEU)
and to aid and assist other Member States experiencing armed attack “by all the means in their power” (Art.42.7 TEU).
TEU=/ Treaty on European Union/ as amended by the Lisbon Treaty
TFEU=/ Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union/ as amended by the Lisbon Treaty