Please, please, no more Lisbon
APPROPRIATELY enough, as Halloween approaches, the ghost of the Lisbon Treaty walks again. Surely we are not going to have to go through all that again. Surely, by voting for the treaty (albeit the second time around) we gave the European Union the power to make decisions without calling on the Irish to hold a referendum?
Unfortunately for us, it is not as simple as that. When the German Chancellor proposes that if a country repeatedly breaches debt and deficit rules its EU voting rights should be suspended, she has Ireland firmly in her sights. And the gun is decidedly frontloaded.
The Taoiseach has declared the suggestion a non-runner, and other member states are also opposed to it.