Under EU laws, if one of its member states rejects a treaty, the EU is mandated to scrap the bill. But Gordon Brown and the European Union seem to be showing contempt for direct democracy and trying to ignore the Irish referendum. Brown saying ratification will continue in Britain.
The Lisbon Treaty is merely a crude repackaging of the 2005 EU Constitution that was mothballed after being rejected by France and Holland in 2005 (whose citizens were barred from voting this time around) See previous blogs here and here.
Tell Gordon to respect the verdict of the Irish people - and drop the Treaty: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Abandon-Lisbon/
Cllr. Rupert Read, Lead Green Party candidate for the 2009 European Elections in Eastern Region put it well: "The remote political establishment of Brussels has had their dream of ever greater centralisation of political power utterly shattered today. People power has won. The voters of Ireland saw though the pretence that the Treaty was a harmless exercise and recognised it for what it is - a further draining away of democracy from member states. The UK Government would not dare put this Treaty to a vote here as the majority No vote would be overwhelming. Irish voters have sent a clear message on behalf of all the ordinary people of Europe - that the Euro elite have now got to stop their grand plans to rule the continent without consent.
"A new democratic settlement is needed for Europe that retains co-operation between states but allows them the ability to make their own decisions on matters that affect their own people without being micromanaged from Brussels. The Green Party opposes the Lisbon Treaty because it would have led to the further militarisation of the EU, as well as measures to promote increased economic liberalisation - which is an agenda for big business, at the expense of local communities. The Green Party favours localisation, instead. Lisbon squandered a unique opportunity to put sustainability and climate security genuinely at the heart of the Union, and failed to bring the EU institutions closer to European citizens. It is a great thing that the Irish people have enabled us to see the back of such a failed Treaty."