Let the People Speak
Posted by Exile on October 18, 2007
Here’s some good news that I found in yesterdays Financial Times:
An overwhelming majority of people in the European Union’s five biggest member states want the bloc’s treaty on institutional reform to be submitted to national referendums, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday. The poll is likely to unsettle political leaders in other EU capitals who oppose holding referendums for fear of a repeat of the French and Dutch votes of 2005 that wrecked the EU’s ill-fated constitutional treaty.
According to the poll, 70 per cent of those questioned in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK want a referendum.
Denmark is moving towards the same conclusion. The politicians here are arguing over the necessity of a referendum on the treaty. The Prime minister is asking us all to wait until december when the final draft of the reform treaty will be finished. He wants parliament to read it first and will then decide whether or not to go to the people. For once I find myself in disagreement with Anders Fogh Rasmussen. This must go to the people. There must be no discussion about it. The reform treaty will provide the means for the EU to create a supranational state which could, in effect, override any individual parliamentary decision in the lands that are included in the EU. This amounts to countries having to relinquish their sovereignty and be ruled from Brussels.
The article hits the nail on the head with this one simple statement:
The poll is likely to unsettle political leaders in other EU capitals who oppose holding referendums for fear of a repeat of the French and Dutch votes of 2005 that wrecked the EU’s ill-fated constitutional treaty.
And now we have to wreck the reform treaty. The sooner the better.
Link: FT article.