Friday, September 5, 2008

Call for Europe-wide Referendum

Declan Ganley, leader of the Irish NO campaign, has called again for a Europe-wide referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. As he said during a debate in the European Parliament:
"I can tell you as a citizen having read the Treaty and campaigned on it, it is undemocratic and unacceptable to the majority of my country. Nor do I believe it is acceptable to the majority of the citizens in other countries."

Both the president of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Poettering and French president Nicolas Sarkozy have used the outbreak of the Georgia war to argue for a speedy ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, prompting criticisms that a humanitarian crisis is being used to force through a treaty the majority of Irish people have already rejected.