On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 04:19:58PM +0100, Thomas Bridge wrote:
> > Good reasons perhaps for Germany, if the Germans so choose, everyone else
> > however is another matter.
> > Which highlights the problem with Lisbon (and Nice before it), either
> > forcing our methods on the Germans or have their methods forced on us. The
>> The entire thrust of my original post was that other countries have
> their own traditions for passing these laws - I used the German point
> as an example. The UK for instance simply has never had the
> tradition of holding referenda - and for you to complain about the
> lack of referendum is in effect you as an Irish citizen attempting to
> force "your method" on another country.
They may not have a tradition of this, but there are a lot of upset
people over the water there about Labour's refusal to hold a
referrendum on the treaty after having promised it prior to the
> The decision about whether or not a referendum is held in any given EU
> member state is the result of a combination of the constitutional
> traditions of that state, the law of that member state and whatever
> domestic political considerations are in play at the time.
Unfortunately there appears to be a number of people on the continent
that feel that they should have been given the choice to vote on it, and
the chance to debate and examine the treaty in detail in the public
"Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool."
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