Monday, 19 October 2009

A Referendum is not the Best Way for the United Kingdom to Control Lisbon

It is reasonable to assume that when the Czech Constitutional Court responds to the various objections to the Lisbon treaty it is considering currently (the Court convenes on 27 October but not necessarily to give all of its rulings) it will follow the example of the German Constitutional Court and require the strengthening of the Czech Constitution against invasion of Czech self determination by European Union powers while acknowledging broadly that the Lisbon Treaty is not inimical to the Czech Constitution.

This will reassure Czechs concerned about Lisbon's democratic deficit, restrict Lisbon-generated policies to review by Czech state institutions, and satisfy both the European Union federalists by permitting their beloved Treaty to go through, and President Klaus's popularly supported resistance to any real loss of Czech sovereignty.

When Germany was required to pass new laws restricting EU interference in the government of Germany, it was obvious that other member states would withold or reconsider their accession if there was constitutional weakness of their own state to be remedied. Ireland, in Angels' view unwisely, accepted assurances and promises of protocols attached to future treaties rather than adopting the German option of passing fresh constitution-reinforcing laws of their own. Slovakia has now announced that despite having signed Lisbon any concessions given to the Czech Republic, particularly on land and immediate post War resettlement, must be provided for Slovakia too. What Poland has wrung for its signature has not yet come out, but Lisbon was not signed for nothing.

For Prime Minister in waiting David Cameron there are now clear and valid pathways to altering the Lisbon settlement, both within the provision of a beefed-up United Kingdom Constitution, and by post accession adjustment to the Treaty.

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