segunda-feira, junho 30, 2008

Giscard d'Estaing ("pai" da Constituição Europeia): referendos são para ignorar

Rapto da Europa (49)

The Telegraph reports that former French President and chief architect of the EU Constitution Valery Giscard d'Estaing has said that referendums will be ignored whether they are held in Ireland or elsewhere. Giscard d'Estaing told the Irish Times that Ireland's referendum rejection would not kill the Treaty, despite a legal requirement of unanimity from all the EU's 27 member states. He said, "We are evolving towards majority voting because if we stay with unanimity, we will do nothing. It is impossible to function by unanimity with 27 members. This time it's Ireland; the next time it will be somebody else."

He also admitted that the Lisbon EU Treaty had been carefully crafted to confuse the public: "What was done in the [Lisbon] Treaty, and deliberately, was to mix everything up. If you look for the passages on institutions, they're in different places, on different pages. Someone who wanted to understand how the thing worked could with the Constitutional Treaty, but not with this one." He also said "there is no alternative" to a second Irish vote, saying, "Everyone agrees it has to be sorted out by the time of European elections."