quinta-feira, agosto 14, 2008

Ingleses respeitam o povo irlandês mas não abandonam tratado de Lisboa

Rapto da Europa (57)

Assinei uma petição ao Primeiro Ministro inglês pedindo que o Tratado de Lisboa seja abandonado para que o nome da nossa cidade não seja mais uma vez exposto à vergonha de simbolizar o desrespeito dos governantes pelos povos da Europa.

O texto da petição era este:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to respect the result of the Irish referendum and abandon the attempt to ratify the Lisbon Treaty.”

Details of Petition:

“The Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty has resulted in a decisive no vote. However, politicians across Europe are calling for the ratification of the Treaty to go ahead. The British Government are planning to put the Lisbon Treaty to its third and final reading in the Lords next Wednesday 18 June. This would complete its ratification in the UK. We believe that the Prime Minister should respect the result of the Irish referendum and abandon the attempt to ratify the Lisbon Treaty.”

A resposta foi a que se esperava. O respeito é muito bonito, e o Primeiro Ministro inglês respeita muito o resultado do referendo irlandês. Mas a ideia é aprovar o tratado quer os irladenses queiram ou não.

The Government’s response:

In the UK, the Lisbon Treaty has now completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament in the UK following 25 days of debate. The Bill received Royal Assent on 19 June and the UK ratified the treaty on 16 July.

We believe the treaty would be good for the UK and good for the EU. This treaty adjusts existing treaties, in the same way as previous EU amending treaties.

However, European treaty change rightly requires unanimity across all EU Member States. That is why the ‘no’ vote on the treaty in the Irish referendum on 12 June is important, and needs to be respected.

As the Foreign Secretary made clear in the House of Commons on 16 June:

“The rules of the treaty and the EU are clear. All 27 Member States must ratify the treaty for it to come into force. …There is no question of ignoring the Irish vote or bulldozing Irish opinion. Ireland clearly cannot be bound by changes which it has not ratified. Equally there is no appetite for a return to years of institutional negotiation. The EU as a whole needs to find a way forward for all countries that allows the EU to focus on the big policy issues that confront us.”

The Irish government has made it clear that they need time to analyse the result and its implications, and to consult widely at home and abroad. At the European Council on 19/20 June, EU Heads of State and Government agreed with the Irish Government’s proposal that they should reflect on the result of the referendum and then submit a report to the European Council in October. In the meantime the Council, including Ireland, has noted that the ratification processes are continuing in all of the other Member States.