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éirígí say NO to Lisbon Treaty

category international | eu | news report author Friday December 14, 2007 08:11author by éirígíauthor email info at eirigi dot org Report this post to the editors

éirígí say NO to Lisbon Treaty

While European Union heads of state were gathering in Lisbon today, to sign away the sovereignty of their respective states, the removal vans were arriving in Dublin to cart off the last vestiges of the Twenty Six County state’s independence.

In a bold visual display éirigí launched its ‘NO TO LISBON’ campaign outside Leinster House today. The centrepiece of the launch was a mock-up ‘EU NO_TO_LISBON Removals’ van sporting the slogan ‘Experts in the Removal of Independence, Democracy & Neutrality’. The vehicle pulled up outside Leinster House to highlight the fact that ratification of the Lisbon Treaty will mean the end of the already limited form of national democracy within all EU states.
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éirígí say NO to Lisbon Treaty


The treaty, which differs only slightly from the EU constitution, which has already been democratically rejected by the peoples of France and the Netherlands, is to be put to a referendum in the Twenty-Six Counties in mid 2008. To date no other state has indicated that their people will have a direct say in the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Instead the national parliaments of these states will ratify the treaty, which will bring their respective states into a de facto EU super-state. Parliaments, such as that in Leinster House, will then be surplus to requirement across a whole range of issues.

The treaty will begin the process of ratification by member states of the EU from today (Thursday 13 December 2007). It appears that it will be pushed through the various parliaments without any real democratic debate or accountability.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, éirigí chairperson Brian Leeson, outlined the reasons for éirígí’s ‘No To Lisbon’ campaign and its direction:

“As it appears that the Twenty-Six Counties will be the only state in the EU where citizens will be permitted to vote on this treaty, the onus on the electorate to vote NO in the interests of democratic accountability is greater then ever. The citizens denied a vote will include our fellow countrymen and women in the occupied Six Counties – with the British government using its majority in Westminster to ratify the treaty.’

“The Lisbon Treaty is an anti-democratic document in it’s content and spirit. It is clearly the illegitimate child of the EU Constitution, which was itself soundly rejected by the people of France and Holland.”

“The Treaty will remove Irish decision-making in around 50 policy areas, giving the EU the right to conclude treaties and agreements over the heads of member states, reducing the voting strength of the Twenty-Six Counties and paving the way for further anti-worker legislation.”

“It is on these grounds that the Lisbon Treaty should be rejected. It is on these grounds that the Twenty-Six County electorate should begin the rollback of the attack on our national independence on behalf of the whole country, including the occupied counties.”

“This is why éirígí will be doing its utmost in the months ahead to maximise the No Vote. This will include imaginative events like today’s launch, engaging with the electorate on the doorsteps and the use of protest politics to get the democratic message across.”

Brian continued: “From its inception the EU has been an undemocratic, overly-bureaucratic, right-wing institution. The ratification of this Treaty would mark its EU_ELITEprogression to becoming an undemocratic, overly-bureaucratic, right-wing super-state.

“The alternative to this Treaty and to the EU is not sticking your head in the sand and it is not isolationism. The alternative is to engage with our fellow citizens across the continent who, as has been witnessed in France and Holland, share the same concerns as ourselves.

“The alternative is to build a Europe based on the principles of cooperation, national independence, solidarity and social and economic equality as opposed to the current EU which is primarily based upon the interests of big business and a powerful political elite.”

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Be Careful Out There     Gramsci    Fri Dec 14, 2007 09:13 
   Gramsci     observer    Fri Dec 14, 2007 09:40 
   Observer     Gramsci    Fri Dec 14, 2007 09:48 
   Gramsci     Observer    Fri Dec 14, 2007 09:54 
   Campaign Against the Lisbon Treaty     MichaelY    Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:14 
   Convergence is the only solution to the world's ills     Gorgon    Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:18 
   we get it     anon    Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:24 
   9 out of 10     tristram    Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:18 
   Tristan, Drystan, Tristran,Tristram etc whatever     MichaelY    Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:38 
 10   The Renamed EU Constitution     Roger Cole    Fri Dec 14, 2007 15:46 
 11   tuilleadh eolais     it's on the éirígí website    Fri Dec 14, 2007 18:46 
 12   I hate to point this out...     Federast    Fri Dec 14, 2007 22:02 
 13   EU     Federast    Fri Dec 14, 2007 22:36 
 14   Is it true?     We the People    Fri Dec 14, 2007 23:36 
 15   The Renamed EU Constitution     Roger Cole    Sat Dec 15, 2007 01:35 
 16   Bertie's friends     1-man sovereignty movement    Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:41 
 17   Contradictory Positions     Sceptic    Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:24 
 18   New EU treaty will be accepted by Irish people     World Weary    Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:00 
 19   lisbon treaty     martin    Sat Dec 15, 2007 14:52 
 20   My reasons for voting no:     1-man sovereignty movement    Sat Dec 15, 2007 15:27 
 21   Will a 'Yes' vote encourage this -     Sharon.    Sat Dec 15, 2007 16:30 
 22   In Reply     Federast    Sat Dec 15, 2007 23:31 
 23   Martin please explain     Sean    Sun Dec 16, 2007 13:32 
 24   The Renamed EU Constitution     Roger Cole    Sun Dec 16, 2007 14:58 
 25   Future Referenda     Frank    Fri Jan 04, 2008 17:44 
 26   go to the forum on europe     typo    Fri Jan 04, 2008 19:28 
 27   Referenda     G.D.Flynn    Sat Jan 05, 2008 14:23 
 28   Lisbon     Frank    Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:39 
 29   It's time to get out!     davekey    Sun Jan 06, 2008 15:21 
 30   Irish votes will be ignored     Toby    Mon Feb 25, 2008 09:13 
 31   Democracy     Sonya    Sat Mar 08, 2008 08:56 
 32   End of Nations - The EU Takeover and the Lisbon Treaty     davekey    Sat Mar 08, 2008 20:20 
 33   I suppose this is the last treaty........isnt it.     some one who cares    Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:05 
 34   EU reform     VOTER    Sat Apr 26, 2008 06:11 
 35   This Treaty can still be stopped by the people of Europe.     NingúnOtro    Sat May 03, 2008 13:53 
 36   Future Referendum     eire    Thu May 08, 2008 21:07 
 37   A chance for Europe     Alain    Sun May 11, 2008 09:24 

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