British Referendum Lock to proceed, Lisbon stillborn?

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It looks like the Tories are going to proceed with their referendum lock which will frustrate the implementation of Lisbon. Many of my objections to the treaty look like they will never materialise as the British people will never vote to give the EU more powers.
Key points are a referendum on scrapping the euro or schengen opt-out. A referendum on a common defence, European Public Prosecutor or concession of the national veto on the EU budget or social policy.
A full parliamentary proceedure for any use of the escalator clauses, housekeeping clauses or increasing the number of commissioners.

Where does this leave Ireland? Well our schengen opt-out looks secure, the problem of us being in the euro and the UK outside will remain, we will probably opt-out of justice and home affairs too including not recognising the EPP. The declaration on keeping a full sized commission could fail to materialise if Croatia joins any time soon. An explicit EU common defence is a long time away although a common defence is implicit in the assistance and solidarity clauses. Our remaining vetoes (except defence) are unlikey to be conceded via article 48.7 and few powers will transfer via article 352.

We'll let you vote on NEXT EU treaty, vow ministers | Mail Online
 


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Err, Lisbon has already been ratified by all 27 member states, and is thus the EU's rulebook. States can't decide retrospectively which parts they'll now ratify.
 
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