Upcoming Events

National | EU

no events match your query!

New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link The Wholesome Photo of the Month Thu May 09, 2024 11:01 | Anti-Empire

offsite link In 3 War Years Russia Will Have Spent $3... Thu May 09, 2024 02:17 | Anti-Empire

offsite link UK Sending Missiles to Be Fired Into Rus... Tue May 07, 2024 14:17 | Marko Marjanović

offsite link US Gives Weapons to Taiwan for Free, The... Fri May 03, 2024 03:55 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Russia Has 17 Percent More Defense Jobs ... Tue Apr 30, 2024 11:56 | Marko Marjanović

Anti-Empire >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights

offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link The WHO Pandemic Treaty is Just Bad Public Health Sat May 18, 2024 09:00 | Dr David Bell
The WHO Pandemic Treaty isn't just a tool of globalist overreach, says Dr David Bell: with its myopic focus on rare, low-mortality outbreaks, it's also really bad public health.
The post The WHO Pandemic Treaty is Just Bad Public Health appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link UN Author Says ?Cull? of Humanity is Only ?Realistic Way? to Avert Climate Catastrophe Sat May 18, 2024 07:00 | Chris Morrison
A "cull" of humanity with a high fatality pandemic is the only "realistic way" to avoid climate collapse, according to former UN contributing author Bill McGuire. Grisly green neo-Malthusianism is back.
The post UN Author Says “Cull” of Humanity is Only “Realistic Way” to Avert Climate Catastrophe appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link News Round-Up Sat May 18, 2024 00:59 | Toby Young
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the ?climate emergency?, public health ?crises? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link National Trust Branded ?Racist? and ?Patronising? for Replacing ?Ethnic Minority? with ?Global Major... Fri May 17, 2024 17:06 | Will Jones
The National Trust has been branded "racist, ignorant, divisive and patronising" amid a backlash for replacing the term 'ethnic minority' with 'global majority' as it launched an 'inclusive' walking project.
The post National Trust Branded “Racist” and “Patronising” for Replacing ‘Ethnic Minority’ with ‘Global Majority’ appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link ?I Don?t Regret It?: Palestinian Student Whose Visa was Revoked for Boasting She Was ?Full of Pride ... Fri May 17, 2024 15:08 | Will Jones
A Palestinian student who said she was "full of pride and joy" after Hamas launched its attack on Israel has declared "I don?t regret it" after the Home Office revoked her visa.
The post “I Don’t Regret It”: Palestinian Student Whose Visa was Revoked for Boasting She Was “Full of Pride and Joy” at October 7th Hamas Attack Says it Was Worth It appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

Lockdown Skeptics >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link Voltaire, International Newsletter N°87 Sat May 18, 2024 05:29 | en

offsite link Europa Viva 2024 kowtows to the Straussians Sat May 18, 2024 03:01 | en

offsite link The world economic order is falling apart, by Alfredo Jalife-Rahme Fri May 17, 2024 08:13 | en

offsite link General Assembly supports Palestine's full membership in the United Nations Tue May 14, 2024 10:49 | en

offsite link Elections to the European Parliament: a costly masquerade, by Thierry Meyssan Tue May 14, 2024 07:04 | en

Voltaire Network >>

Supposed ‘hard fight’ to secure guarantees on Lisbon Treaty: a clever tactic to mislead says McKenna

category national | eu | press release author Monday June 22, 2009 12:26author by O. O'C - The People's Movementauthor phone 0872427049 Report this post to the editors

So-called legally binding guarantees which the Government claim they fought hard to secure do not change one single aspect of the Lisbon Treaty

Not one single word of the Lisbon Treaty will be altered by these guarantees, which is why they do not need to be ratified by the National Parliaments of the 27 Member States. The so called ‘legal guarantees’ are nothing more than an interpretation by EU Heads of State as to what they think the Lisbon Treaty means. However, if the Lisbon Treaty comes into force, it will be the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg which will interpret Lisbon. The EU Court is the only body authorised under the European Treaties to interpret the Treaties themselves and decide how they should be applied. The political decision and agreement of a particular group of EU Prime Ministers and Presidents, which is what we are being presented with, cannot and will not decide what Lisbon means.

Supposedly ‘hard fight’ by Ireland to secure guarantees on Lisbon Treaty – a clever tactic to mislead voters, says McKenna

Speaking on the assurances obtained by the Irish Government on the Lisbon Treaty in Dublin today, Patricia McKenna, Chairperson of the Peoples Movement one of the leading groups campaigning for rejection of the treaty said, “the so-called legally binding guarantees which the Government claim they fought hard to secure do not change one single aspect of the Lisbon Treaty all they do is reiterate the same assurances given by EU Heads of State during the first referendum. These assurances given by the Yes side were not enough to convince people to vote in favour of the treaty first time around and will be dismissed by the voters with the same mistrust in any second referendum.”

McKenna who was speaking at a joint press conference with the Peace and Neutrality Alliance went on to say:
Not one single word of the Lisbon Treaty will be altered by these guarantees, which is why they do not need to be ratified by the National Parliaments of the 27 Member States. The so called ‘legal guarantees’ are nothing more than an interpretation by EU Heads of State as to what they think the Lisbon Treaty means. However, if the Lisbon Treaty comes into force, it will be the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg which will interpret Lisbon. The EU Court is the only body authorised under the European Treaties to interpret the Treaties themselves and decide how they should be applied. The political decision and agreement of a particular group of EU Prime Ministers and Presidents, which is what we are being presented with, cannot and will not decide what Lisbon means.

The ‘Decision’ of the European Council that certain provisions of the Lisbon Treaty mean specific things is just an agreement between 27 Heads of State as to what they believe to be the case. This ‘Decision’ is not an international treaty between States because it does not require and will not go through the ratification process of all 27 Member States through approval in their National Parliaments. This is the normal process for ratifying international treaties and it is clear that without such a legally binding ratification process the ‘legal guarantees’ do not have this legal status.

The run-up to and presentation of these so-called legal guarantees is a deliberate attempt to divert attention away from the contents of the Lisbon Treaty which will remain unchanged in a second referendum. The hype surrounding the supposedly hard fight that the Irish Government faced to secure these guarantees is a clever way of getting people to believe that Ireland after a long struggle managed to achieve something. But all they have achieved is a regurgitation of the Yes side’s arguments endorsed by the EU Heads of State.

Even promises of ‘Protocols’ at a future date are irrelevant because once the new EU established under Lisbon comes into force then no Protocol can pull back from what Lisbon has established and it will be the EU Court of Justice that will decide what the Treaty means once it comes into force.

Ends
For further information phone: 0872427049, Patricia McKenna

Related Link: http://www.people.ie
© 2001-2024 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy