Saturday 21 October 2017

Treaty fallout

• I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Yes side in gaining the Irish people's permission to write into law the fiscal treaty as it stood on May 31. I'm sure that, seeing as there are rumours of it being re-negotiated, they are preparing themselves for the next referendum on the new wording.

It reminds me of the precedent set when a citizen of Ireland -- a Mr Cowen, I believe -- made us all go to the polls for a second time because Lisbon had to be re-negotiated with specific reference to our neutrality and corporation tax.

I presume the legal precedent here is that if a citizen does not like the result of a treaty, then they can have it judged by the Irish people for a second time, or that a re-negotiated treaty that is signed either in or out of law must be presented for re-election.

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