Treaty draft deliberately unclear

YES campaigners have being doing their best to obscure, minimise or deny that a whole-scale reordering of our political system would come about should the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty come into effect.

Dutch and French voters, however, perceived these changes when the European constitution was originally presented to them in readable format in 2005 and they chose to reject them. That their choice was overruled underscores the democratic deficit at the heart of the EU.

The second time round the constitution was redrafted as the Lisbon Treaty with a few superficial changes to ensure the Dutch and French governments wouldn't have to ask their electorates their opinion. It was also made deliberately unreadable, designed to ensure that understanding the momentous changes contained in its articles would not be easy.

Karel de Gucht, the federalist Belgian Foreign Minister, confirmed this when he said, "“The aim of the Constitutional Treaty was to be more readable; the aim of this treaty is to be unreadable… The Constitution aimed to be clear, whereas this treaty had to be unclear.”

At a hearing in the Danish Parliament, MEP Jens-Peter Bonde asked EU experts three times to give one example of a legislative area that could not be touched by the regulations of the Lisbon Treaty. They could not give one. They finally admitted that there are no areas beyond the reach of the union.

They might have added that this is because the Union will become a state. It will have full legislative, executive and judicial authority, a common president, foreign ministry, diplomatic corps, international agreements, external borders, armed forces, police and prosecution authority, citizenship and state symbols.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was the only one German Chancellor Angela Merkel was unable to persuade not to hold a referendum — he knew our own great constitution is too clear, as was demonstrated by the Crotty case. This same constitution will now be annihilated by the Lisbon Treaty, since it is to supersede all national constitutions.

Michael O’Driscoll

Menloe House

Blackrock

Cork

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