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Irish no vote should be the end of the European Constitution
13/06/2008 21:26:00

The people of Ireland - the only people to be given a say - have rejected the Lisbon Treaty (the new name for the European Constitution). That really should be the end of the matter. France and the Netherlands rejected it, the EU re-branded it and had another go and now Ireland has rejected it too.

But remarkably the President of the European Commission and a number of national Governments, incuding our own Government, are arguing that other countries should proceed with ratification.

The EU really is its own worst enemy. Its officials seems to believe that they know what's best for Europe and they can just ignore what the rest of us think. By behaving in this way they are gravely damaging the reputation of the institution they passionately believe in.

Most people want free trade and co-operation with other European countries but they don't want more powers passed from national Parliaments up to Brussels. They might not have a very high opinion of their national politicians but at least they can vote them out when they get something wrong.

Our own Government has no mandate to ratify this Treaty. At the last Election, it promised us a referendum but Gordon Brown lacked the courage to honour that promise. Now it's time he admitted the game is up.

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