By Sarah Lyall and Stephen Castle
Published: June 13, 2008
Irish Voters, Catholic and Protestant have done a great deed for the whole of Europe this day is bringing to a screeching halt the attempts into bringing all European nations under the rule of one Godless Evil and Perverse government which was to have stripped all these nations and peoples of their national sovereignty, rights and freedoms.
Europe was thrown into political chaos Friday by Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, a painstakingly negotiated blueprint for consolidating the European Union's power and streamlining its increasingly unwieldy bureaucracy.
The defeat of the treaty, by a vote of 53.4 percent to 46.6 percent, was the result of a highly organized
campaign that played to Irish voters' deepest fears about the EU. For all its
benefits, many people feel, the
Although the Irish are less than 1 percent of
the EU population of almost 500 million, the repercussions of the vote Thursday
- whose results were announced Friday - are enormous. To take effect, the
treaty must be ratified by all 27 members of the EU. So the defeat by a single
country, even one as tiny as
Reacting with frustration Friday, other European countries said they would try to press ahead for a plan to make the Lisbon Treaty work after all (Damn the rules, we will seize power and control anyway) and would discuss the matter when EU leaders gathered for a summit meeting in Brussels next week.
But if they fail, the
It will also have to come to terms with the unpleasant reality that, as important as the Union is to their daily lives, many ordinary Europeans still feel alienated from it and confused (Offending by its decrees and arbitrary rules that have been set over them) by how it works.
"Europe as an idea does not provoke passionate support
among ordinary citizens," said Denis MacShane, a
Labour member of the British Parliament and a former
"They see a bossy Brussels, and when they have the chance of a referendum in France, the Netherlands or Ireland to give their government and Europe a kick, they put the boot in," he added in an interview, referring to the French and Dutch rejections of a proposed European constitution in similar referendums three years ago.
The Lisbon Treaty, dense and complex, was the response to
those French and Dutch defeats. If enacted, it would give
The treaty would also reduce the number of members on the European Commission, (Forcing out those from dissenting nations) the EU's executive body, rotating the seats so that each member country would sit on the commission 10 out of every 15 years. It would change the voting procedures so that fewer decisions would require majority votes. (Giving more and more power so that even the majority of countries can not object and stop what some minority or special interest group seeks. which are the Radical Environmentalists, Radical Feminists, Radical Gay and Lesbians, Communists, and enter the Muslims. Swaying all the nations and peoples of the EU into their hands.)
But campaigners for a no vote mobilized under the efficient
leadership of Declan Ganley, a businessman who argued
that the treaty took power away from
Ganley, who formed the group Libertas to campaign against the treaty, said that the vote would force the Irish prime minister, Brian Cowen, to renegotiate the treaty and secure a "better deal."
"We want a
Libertas and other opponents of the treaty capitalized on voters' confusion, (They were not confused the just flat disagree) their disillusionment with the government and their feelings of alienation from the institutions of Europe, which is the source of about 85 percent of the new laws passed in Europe every year, said Michael Bruter, a senior lecturer in political science at the London School of Economics.
"It's a pro-European country, but they didn't
understand the treaty - why it was needed, what it was going to change," Bruter said, speaking of the Irish voters. "They just
don't want to give
Kick-started by Europe, which poured in billions of dollars
beginning in the late 1980s,