Archive for the ‘Lisbon Treaty’ Category

Lisbon Treaty was deliberately made unreadable

31 July 2009

Just in case anyone has forgotten, or has simply not grasped how mendacious europhiles are and how they have conspired to stop the people of Europe voting in a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, listen to the clip below.

They deliberately made the Lisbon Treaty unreadable.

In July 2007, on OpenEurope’s blog this was posted:

The pro-euro camp are all busy congratulating themselves about having fooled the public by changing the name of the constitution.

At a meeting of the Centre for European Reform yesterday EU officials discussed their strategy for adopting the EU Constitution without a referendum.

Former Italian PM Giuliano Amato said, “They decided that the document should be unreadable. If it is unreadable, it is not constitutional, that was the sort of perception. Where they got this perception from is a mystery to me. In order to make our citizens happy, to produce a document that they will never understand! But, there is some truth [in it]. Because if this is the kind of document that the IGC will produce, any Prime Minister – imagine the UK Prime Minister – can go to the Commons and say ‘look, you see, it’s absolutely unreadable, it’s the typical Brussels treaty, nothing new, no need for a referendum.’ Should you succeed in understanding it at first sight there might be some reason for a referendum, because it would mean that there is something new.”

You can listen to them all chortling about how terribly clever they are on this clip. There is a quite lot of this kind of gloating going on in the pro-euro camp at the moment. But unfortunately for them, calls for a referendum are not going to go away…

The speaker is Giuliano Amato.

Breathtakingly arrogant and anti-democratic.

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Czechs to delay Lisbon Treaty via Constitutional Court

27 July 2009

Václav Klaus and 17 Czech senators plant to refer the Lisbon Treaty to the Czech Constitutional Court at the beginning of August, which would delay the signing of the treaty into Czech law until the court has given its verdict. If the court finds the Lisbon Treaty to be unconstitutional, its fate could be the bin – where it belongs.

The Telegraph reports:

That could thwart the ambitions of Sweden, current holder of the EU’s rotating presidency, to see the Treaty’s provisions pushed through before the end of the year if Ireland votes to approve the treaty in its Oct 2 referendum.

Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Swedish prime minister, said recently he wanted to see the EU “move over to the Lisbon Treaty, if possible, late in our presidency”.

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Germany and Poland still have to ratify the treaty. While they are widely expected to do so, any further delay could hold up the appointment of the new European Commission, which is due to take office on Nov 1.

Andrew Duff, the UK Liberal MEP, accused Mr Klaus of procrastinating.
Meanwhile, one of the key figures in the pro-treaty campaign in Ireland has admitted that the “Yes” camp faces a “tough campaign” over the next two months.

The latest opinion polls suggest a “Yes” vote would be possible, but Pat Cox, campaign director of Ireland for Europe, an independent civil society group promoting ratification, said, “Ireland is a very different place today to what it was a year ago. The financial crisis has rocked our confidence. We are reeling from a series of body blows over the last 12 months. There is no room for complacency.

“There are those on the No side who will seek to exploit our present uncertainty to encourage the Irish people to vote against our own interests and reject the Treaty.
“We do not plan to let them succeed,” Mr Cox, a former Irish MEP and president of the European Parliament, added.

What Mr Cox is not telling us is that the EU spent €2.4bn on promoting the EU in 2008. With the uphill struggle that the EU now faces as it desperately tries to get this dreadful treaty ratified, I’m willing to bet that 2009’s EU propaganda budget will be double that sum.

And we’re all paying for it.

Cross-posted at Bloggers4UKIP

EU con: Ireland to be bailed out by Germany

25 July 2009

The Germans were not keen on relinquishing their highly regarded Deutsche Mark for the Euro in the ’90s, for fear that should any member states be reckless with their economies, Germany’s economy would be forced to bail them out. So the Maastricht Treaty was designed to reassure German taxpayers that bailouts between member states would be illegal. and that each member state had to be fully responsible for their own fiscal policies – including debts they incurred.

At the time, the German economy was strong, Ireland’s economy beginning to boom, EU states generally growing and nobody seemed to foresee the possibility of future economic busts – despite the huge disparity between the social and economic fabric of the member states.

Ireland’s current spending shortfall this year is €26bn while its spending requirement is €60bn, which means that it must borrow approximately €400m per week to keep the public sector going. Ireland’s debt servicing costs are already the most expensive in Europe because the markets regard it as risky. Ireland is in a bit of a hole.

In October, it faces its second referendum on the same Lisbon Treaty with bogus guarantees and the EU and Brian Lenihan are trying to convince them that should their economy crash, their only hope would be bailouts from the EU.

Firstly, Ireland can slash its public sector and save itself a ton of money – so giving the markets confidence in its handling of the economy. That would have the effect of easing the cost of its credit and reducing the likelihood of its economy crashing.

Secondly, 70% of Germans are against bailing out the Irish and indeed, under EU law, it would be illegal for them to do so.

So, the Irish are being conned into believing:

  • that the ‘guarantees‘ they were promised will be delivered (they won’t);
  • that their only hope out of their financial crisis is to keep borrowing (it isn’t);
  • that the EU will bail them out should their economy fail (it can’t and it won’t).

And we all have to pay for the privilege of delivering this fiction to them, to persuade them to sign up to a treaty that none of the people of the member states wants!

Merkel, who faces an election this year, is latching onto a line from Article 100 of the Maastricht Treaty which permits a bailout for a member state in the case of “natural disasters” or “exceptional occurrences beyond its control.” She says this allows some “interpretive room for manoeuvre.” Update: Der Spiegel gives the low-down on Germany’s economy.

The Irish aren’t stupid but people do crazy things when scared – which is precisely what the EU intended. We have a duty to tear the veil from their eyes, in any way we can.

I suggest we get busy blogging – and flooding their newspapers with comments.

Cross-posted at Bloggers4UKIP

Václav Klaus tries to delay Lisbon ratification

23 July 2009

EuropeanVoice reports that Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is keen to have the Lisbon Treaty ratified by all countries before the end of his EU Presidency. But the Czechs are keen to delay it, hoping that the Irish will vote No before the the treaty comes into force.

The treaty cannot come into force before:

  • Ireland votes Yes in its October 2nd referendum,
  • Germany passes a law on the role of the German parliament in the EU
  • The Poles and Czechs ratify the treaty.

But EU officials are worried that Klaus could delay signing the treaty into Czech law beyond October. 17 senators who support Klaus are planning to refer the Lisbon treaty to the country’s constitutional court at the start of August. This will be the second time the Constitutional Court has been approached to advise on whether the treaty complies with the Czech constitution. The Czechs would be unable to ratify the treaty until the court had given it the all clear.

Germany: Lisbon Treaty dilemma

20 July 2009

Angela Merkel faces a general election in September and is keen to have the Lisbon Treaty ratified before then. The CSU, the CDU’s socialist coalition partner, however, wants ratification delayed until German law has been changed to allow the law to be altered to permit ratification of the treaty.

On the face of it, there is no dilemma because the Constitutional Court decided that the Lisbon Treaty cannot be ratified until the law is changed because the treaty is unconstitutional.

So why does Merkel want to ratify the treaty before the the law is changed, defying the ruling of the Constitutional Court?

Might the pending Irish referendum have anything to do with it?

The Irish are being led to believe that if they do not return a Yes vote, financial doom awaits Ireland as the EU will withdraw its support. A recent poll, however, suggests that 70% of Germans are against bailing out Ireland in spite of indications from the German government that it may be planning to offer financial help to some countries, – particularly Ireland.

So what is Merkel to do? If Germany hasn’t ratified the treaty before the Irish go to the polls, the No camp’s argument is weakened. If, before the Germans go to the polls, Merkel indicates her intention to bail out Ireland, she’ll get clobbered by her electorate. Should that translate to a drubbing at the elections, the Lisbon Treaty’s fate might be the bin, if the socialists come to power.

Lisbon Treaty: Irish guarantees a fiction?

16 July 2009


We must to more than hope that the Irish will wake up to the con that they’re being sold. We must help them to open their eyes. The EU will be throwing our money at a Yes vote, in the process, interfering with the democratic process in a sovereign state.

Let’s look at what Gordon Brown said today.

Background:

About 48 minutes into the HoC Liaison Committee’s deliberations (today, from 10:00 to 12:32), Gordon Brown was asked whether Parliament would have to vote again on a protocol that attaches to the Lisbon Treaty, regarding Ireland’s ‘guarantees’.

Brown said that it would, but that whether or not the protocol was itself ratified, the Lisbon Treaty would still be ratified, if all member states did so in their respective countries.

The protocol would be attached to the next accession treaty.

Questions:

Given that the Lisbon Treaty is self-amending, requiring no agreement from member states to ratify any further treaties or amendments to current treaties, what guarantee is there that the Irish ‘guarantee’ protocol will actually be implemented?

What are Ireland’s options if, post-Lisbon Treaty ratification, the next accession treaty does not implement the ‘guarantee’ protocol?

Aren’t the Irish being asked to take on trust that this ‘guarantee’ protocol will be incorporated, as agreed with Ireland?

Are any sceptics asking these questions and ensuring that the Irish understand the implications of the pile of sh*t they are being sold?

EU at loggerheads with Germans, Irish and Czechs

14 July 2009

According to the Sun, German Constitutional Court judges called the Lisbon Treaty an “illegal power grab“, in their judgement last week, as the Treaty removes sovereignty from nation states in areas such as the right to set laws on defence, taxes, policing and education. Germany can’t ratify the Treaty until its parliament drafts a new law guaranteeing the German parliament rights in the EU decision-making process.

The Sun Leader says the German Court: “even rejects the EU Parliament as a democratic body – pointing out that it does not even have a proper Opposition. This must surely put paid forever to the grandiose dream of a European superstate?”

OpenEurope correctly opines: “British MPs need to wake up … and demand the same powers.”

The Prague Monitor reports that some Czech Senators might lodge a complaint over the Treaty with the Czech Constitutional Court in early August.

EU Commission President, Barroso has again warned Ireland that it will lose the right to appoint a Commissioner if it votes No to the Lisbon Treaty, reports the Irish Times. Said Barroso: “With Lisbon it would be always possible to have one commissioner per member state… if you keep Nice then member states will not have the possibility to send a member to the commission all the time. So that is an important argument to vote for Lisbon I believe”.

The Germans don’t give in too easily, the Irish don’t like being pushed around and the Czechs have just extricated them from stifling socialist dictatorship so are not in the mood to become embroiled in another.

Each of these nations has suffered oppression of some sort in their recent history. Their strength of feeling should not be underestimated and I wouldn’t be surprised if they kill off the EU in its current form. It’s too rigid a structure, anyway.

Together with Sweden’s demonstrations and Britain’s fury over the EU spy database state, this week could be sparkly for eurosceptics!

Might Germany scupper the Lisbon Treaty?

14 July 2009

From OpenEurope:

In Die Zeit, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer criticises the judgement of the German Constitutional Court, saying that “Europe will, despite numerous setbacks and crises, continue to progress as an alliance of states in a state of integration, whether Karlsruhe likes it or not“.

The arrogance!

Handelsblatt reports that the Bavarian CSU party has declared that the German Parliament should have extensive binding powers with regards to the German government’s EU policies. Horst Seehofer, CSU leader is quoted saying that “Europe should be able to function, but it also has to be democratically legitimate” adding that “one should not cut down on democracy to save time“. Sueddeutsche notes that CSU’s stance following the German Constitutional Court’s judgement on the Lisbon Treaty is increasingly becoming a problem for the credibility of Angela Merkel’s EU policies.

Meanwhile, in his FT column, Wolfgang Münchau argues that “European integration ends with the Lisbon treaty”, as the judgement said that “member states must have sovereignty in the following areas: criminal law, police, military operations, fiscal policy, social policy, education, culture, media, and relations with religious groups.” Singling out fiscal policy, Münchau argues, “A decision that essentially rules out effective economic crisis management in a monetary union, by anchoring all relevant political decisions at the national level, is hardly consistent with a sustainable single currency”. They concluded that “at the very least, anyone locked in a monetary union with Germany should be very worried.”

A glimmer of hope!

Joschka Fischer has been employed by Madeleine Albright since 2008. Albright, dubbed Mrs New World Order, is a eurofanatic.

Meanwhile, EurActiv reports that Jerzy Buzek, the likely next President of the European Parliament, will travel to Ireland before the second Lisbon Treaty referendum, “to tell people what the treaty is for” and “what’s going on in it”.

Doesn’t that come under the heading of interfering in the politics of a sovereign nation?

% of laws made in Britain declining

13 July 2009

MEP Nirj Deva, in his thought-provoking blog, provided the breakdown of the percentage of laws made in member states and those made by the EU.

Last year alone, over 5000 statutory instruments were pushed through the House of Commons by Ministers, many of them involved with the direct transposition of European directives and regulations and almost all of them rushed through without proper debate or parliamentary scrutiny.

The Lisbon Treaty will further reduce our control over our own destiny, passing ever more legislative power to the EU – in vital areas of competence which we value highly.

Notice what some of these are: Energy, Foreign Affairs, Defence, policing, immigration, border controls, asylum

We’ve already witnessed the destruction wrought on this beleagured country by the euromaniacs. They need to be stopped before they do more damage.

The Lisbon Treaty’s ‘self-amending’ nature, means that the EU needs no further permission from us to remove even more of our powers in the future, once the blasted thing is ratified by all member states.

77% of Germans want referendum on Lisbon Treaty

28 June 2009

Contrary to popular belief, Germans don’t like the Lisbon Treaty any more than we do. In fact, on 30 June, the German Constitutional Court will rule on the compatibility of the Lisbon Treaty with the German Constitution. Open Europe, in collaboration with the Institute for Free Enterprise in Berlin, has published a new poll which shows that 77% of Germans want to be given a say on the Lisbon Treaty in a national referendum.

Voters were asked: “Do you think that German voters should be given the opportunity to have their say on the new EU Treaty in a national referendum?”

77.3% said yes, 20.7% said no, and 1.9% said they don’t know.

OpenEurope publishes some surprising facts on the German stance to the Lisbon Treaty and the EU in general.