In reviving the European Constitution despite the French and Dutch "No" votes, the EU is breaking with constitutional propriety and democratic accountability. The re-adoption of the text in Lisbon today was not simply an act of revolting necrophilia; it was also a gesture of supreme contempt for the voters.
Oh, Daniel; don't you understand? It was obvious that the French and Dutch only voted the thing down because they wanted "more Europe", not less. T'choh. I would have thought that you'd have got that by now.
While the process might still have a measure of technical legality—in the sense that all 27 governments will ratify the new draft—it has no true legitimacy. The constitution doesn’t simply lack a mandate; it has been expressly rejected in the ballot box—twice.
And of course, something that is not legitimate is illigitemate and so I name the Treaty of Lisbon "the Bastard Constitution".
Still, as Guido points out, maybe all 27 countries won't ratify it.
Whereas once before in distant European history the Irish preserved documents to save Europe from barbarians, Ireland could now vote down a document and save Europe from the bureaucrats. Ireland, alone of all the nations of Europe, will hold a referendum on the Constitutional Treaty...
Ireland's constitution demands that there is a referendum on the EU Constitution and so, out of all 27 countries in the EU, only the Irish people will have a say (which, terrifyingly, puts us in the hands of cunts like Twenty).
Still, the Irish may yet vote against it and, so, what do you want to bet that there will be a whole lot of bonus EU funding announced for the Republic just before the vote?