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Lisbon Treaty Information Evening

category galway | eu | event notice author Wednesday March 05, 2008 12:53author by Sarah - Galway One World Centre Report this post to the editors

No ‘Loo La’s’ need attend.

Andy Storey - UCD Lecturer in Development Studies and board member of the Afri NGO will speak at a public meeting in the Harbour Hotel at 7.30 on the 19th of March. Mr Storey’s particular areas of expertise are the implications of the Lisbon Treaty with regard to international trade and militarisation of the EU. Andy has formerly held positions with Trocaire both in Rwanda and as a policy researcher.

Despite Bertie Ahearn’s declaration that those opposed to the Lisbon Treaty are all Loo La’s (Irish Times Feb 21st) the Galway One World Centre and the ‘Galway No to Lisbon’ campaign are delighted to say that Andy will present an reasoned and informed argument that critically analyses the aspects of this treaty that relate to militarisation and trade. This talk will include a questions and comments section and those from all sides of this debate are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For further information contact outreach@galwayowc.org

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- Call to the nations to restore democracy and constitutional status in Europe
- Call to Ireland to Vote NO to Lisbon Treaty

Everyone - any individual or organisation - is encouraged to forward this document to other individuals, campaigns and organisations, distribute, publish in whole or parts of the article, adapted or unchanged, with or without reference to or acknowledgement of its source.

I. Initial statements supported by scientific knowledge of political concepts

1. The Lisbon Treaty is a constitution; it is the same as the text of the rejected EU Constitution after omitting the state symbols of the new federal state. The Lisbon Treaty is a federal constitution granting essential powers to the federal EU-state (superstate) over the EU-member states.

2. A country can have only one constitution in effect at a time, the provisions of which have primacy over all other laws. In the case when a state is arranged as a federal union, the federal constitution enjoys primacy over the provision of the dependent state constitutions.

3. A constitution is the fundamental set of laws, a social contract concluded between citizens and the state. Being the fundamental set of laws, the provisions of a constitution should be strictly followed by both the state officials and by the citizens.

4. It is the absolute requirement of democracy, rule of law and people's sovereignty that a state’s constitution, as the foundation of all other laws, institutional arrangements and state powers of a country, is NOT to be replaced without a referendum, without the approval of the citizens themselves.

5. Being the fundamental set of laws, a constitution does not allow being replaced with another set of fundamental laws, i.e. does not allow the act of overthrowing it. On the contrary, such act is normally known and punished as treason. (Britannica: “treason = offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one's country or of assisting its enemies in war.) Overthrowing a constitution can take different forms, as a gradual process known as “constitutional/institutional engineering” or sudden, (violent or non-violent) forms of power-grab. When the unconstitutional status needs to be sustained by military force, it is called coup d'état. This act may also be called revolution, describing a significant change that usually takes place in a short period of time. Aristotle described two types of political revolution: 1. complete change from one constitution to another, 2. modification of an existing constitution. Note: the very act of overthrowing a constitution and replacing it with another makes the consideration of the actual content of the overthrown constitution irrelevant.

6. Representatives elected to perform the duties on behalf of the state are elected on the basis of the provisions of a state's constitution. Representatives of democratic countries have been elected to act according to their constitution rather than overthrowing it. If elected representatives commit overthrowing a constitution, their status of having been elected does not justify their deed, on the contrary. By overthrowing the constitution that has been the basis of their mandates with electorate legitimacy, the elected representatives have invalidated the basis of their legitimacy, thus terminated their mandates and elected status. By accepting a new constitution they have abolished the constitutional status of their country and introduced a status that lacks electorate legitimacy.

7. The constitutional duty of the independent courts would be to ensure that the fundamental laws of the constitution are followed by the state and are not replaced with a new constitution. Their duty also includes preventing governments to gradual constitutional engineering altering the fundamental laws of a constitution. If the courts do not perform their constitutional duty, the lack of their act does not validate the new constitution. This merely indicates that in such case the courts are collaborators in the unconstitutional transformation of a state.

6. The EU, according to existing treaties, is an international organisation that commits itself "to develop and consolidate democracy and the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms." The main EU's institutions are the European Commission, European Council, Council, European Parliament and European Court. The European Council is an EU institution comprising the country leaders of the EU member states (prime ministers and presidents). The Council of Ministers is an EU institution comprising selected ministers of the EU member states.

7. The members of the European Council and Council have agreed in advance to ratify the Lisbon Treaty in each member state without referendums.

II. Conclusions from above regarding the parliamentary ratifications of Lisbon Treaty

1. To satisfy the principles of democracy, constitutional status and rule of law and people’s sovereignty in any EU member state, it is a requirement that the Lisbon Treaty is ratified by referendum in each state.

2. If a member state's elected representatives accept a new constitution on behalf of the state's citizens without the approval of its citizens, it is an act of overthrowing the nation's constitution, a non-military equivalent of coup d'état. The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty on behalf of a member state means a complete change from one constitution to another.

3. Elected representatives who have been using their election period for overthrowing their states’ constitution, have committed treason and breached the constitution on the basis of which they had obtained their election mandates. The very act of overthrowing a national constitution and replacing it with the Lisbon Treaty makes it irrelevant to consider the actual content of the overthrown constitution. By the act itself, regardless of the content of the overthrown constitution and their formerly elected status, the national governments have given up their electorate legitimacy-based mandates, invalidated their elected status and have terminated the constitutional status of their country.

4. The members of the European Council and Council have agreed in advance to pursue parliamentary ratification of the Lisbon Treaty because the referendums hold the “danger of a negative outcome”. Such an agreement is a premeditated plan to organise overthrowing constitution in the EU member states (in all except Ireland). The European Commission’s hastening, encouraging and greeting the parliamentary ratification in the member states is an act of collaborating in the state-level coup d'état and promoting the abolishing democracy in the member states.

5. The EU, which in theory commits itself "to develop and consolidate democracy and the rule of law, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms" is the organisation under which the plan of the EU-wide power-grab is being executed. The members of the European Parliament who ratified the Treaty without referendums and the members of the Commission, who have encouraged the unconstitutional power-grab in the member states, are collaborators in this plan. The Lisbon Treaty was drafted and translated in a manner that would facilitate the process of constitutional engineering, i.e. altering the existing constitutions of the member states. The EU has even started to implement the Treaty in the member states, and exercises its arbitrary powers even without the appearance of legitimacy. The premeditated constitutional engineering, the acceptance and implementation of the Lisbon Treaty by the Union’s institutions long before the ratification is completed in all member states, are all parts of the prearrangement (or conspiracy) of the dictatorial transformation of the EU member states. This fact also indicates that a YES outcome of the Irish referendum is taken for granted. From both the perspectives of the states and the Union, the acceptance of the Lisbon Treaty is by definition a revolution or arbitrary power-grab over the EU-countries of Europe.

6. In order to restore democracy, rule of law and the constitutional status in Europe, all national governments which took part in the unconstitutional takeover of Europe as described above are required to immediately invalidate the parliamentary ratifications and commit themselves to referendums, or immediately resign from both national and/or EU-level political office.

7. If the political leaders collaborating in the EU-takeover remain in office sustaining the parliamentary ratification of the Treaty, it is the duty of the peoples of Europe to restore democracy and constitutional status of Europe by forming temporary governments to replace their unconstitutional regimes, immediately terminate membership with the EU and defy the officials of the EU, i.e. any members of any institution thereof, legislative and executive acts, laws, law-enforcements, regulations, military duties, taxes and any other measures pertaining to EU membership.

8. In lack of performing step 7, after the state-level power-grab has been performed in all member states, the dictatorial transformation would be realised on the level of the whole European Union and EU-takeover would be completed, which would result in the foundation of the federal EU-state as a dictatorial federal regime. The political oligarchy of the EU would occupy the nations under their federal control by unconstitutionally imposing the Lisbon Treaty on Europe’s nations. By exploiting the self-amending features of the Lisbon Treaty, the European political class would continue the ongoing process of constitutional and institutional engineering, dictatorial transformation of the EU-institutions, and concentration of the EU powers.
In case of protests the EU would most likely use military forces, security measures and other dictatorial powers it vested in itself by the Lisbon Treaty to stabilize its totalitarian rule with a justification of its rule “to ensure internal security”.

References :

My article proving 1) that the Lisbon Treaty is a Constitution of a new federal state called “European Union”, 2) that the absolute requirement of a democratic constitutionalization process would be referendums in all EU member states:

“These Boots Are Gonna Walk All Over You”
An analysis by Prof. Anthony Coughlan

“People of Ireland Vote No on the Lisbon Treaty”

Movie on the Lisbon Treaty: “End of Nations - EU Takeover & the Lisbon Treaty”

"Video on the Irish campaign by the ERC2:"


The list of Commission members with highly questionable past (ex-communists, fraud-suspects, etc):
“Nigel Farage on who’s who in the EU commission”

“The Lisbon Treaty: Ireland Speaks For Democracy”

The institutional construction and decision mechanisms of the EU are similar to the ex-communist regimes, such as the former USSR:
“Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship”

“Too COSI: what are they hiding? (on the EU’s Standing Committee on Internal Security)”

Popular sovereignty is abolished and the principle of unanimity is breached by the EU - by dropping the results of the former referendums of the French and the Dutch peoples:
“European Parliament: Members’ Protest - 12.12.2007”
“Free Europe”

Parliamentary democracy and rule of law are abolished by the EU:
“Power Grab by EU Parliament President (updated)”

The Lisbon Treaty is the milestone of a gradual process of absorbing the sovereignty of Europe’s nations, according to the professors of Vienna University:
“EuropeNews: “10,000 demanding referendum on Lisbon Treaty”

“Barroso “delighted” by Polish parliamentary approval of Lisbon Treaty”

“Wrong Man, wrong Europe”
An article by Susan George, the board chair of the Transnational Institute and honorary president of Attac France.

Bonde’s Briefing 19.12.07: “Born in sun and sin”

Euro MPs have decided not to publish a confidential audit allegedly revealing a series of abuses of staff allowances:
“MEPs keep 'fraud' report secret”

“Demand a Referendum on EU Lisbon Treaty”
article by Helga Zepp-LaRouche

“The Result of European Unification Will be War”

“A Business View: A Bad Deal for Ireland and Europe”

“Data Watchdog Questions EU's Controversial Fingerprint Plan”

Dictionaries, encyclopaedias and general scientific knowledge of political theory


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