Because the Lisbon Treaty is a constitution, the decision on the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty means no less than an equivalent of parliamentary elections on an essential level: the voters’ decision on whether Ireland would keep its current government and parliament or accept the government and parliament and other state offices in Brussels. By not providing information on this fact, the current government campaigns to promote a ‘yes’ vote on the referendum, amounts to the deprivation of the Irish voters of their constitutional-democratic right to fair and free elections.
The propaganda recently launched by the government in support of the new federal EU constitution nicknamed as “Lisbon Treaty”, has failed to actually attach the text of the Treaty to their claims on what this treaty is about. The voters of Ireland will be called to submit their votes on an international treaty that is not available for them as of today, less than a month before the referendum.
The ca. 300 pages on the widely advertised website http://www.lisbontreaty2008.ie include only the instructions and extra texts to be applied to the existing EU treaties; however the website does not offer the text-base to be modified by these amendments, nor does it offer a consolidated presentation of these texts. How can the voters of Ireland be expected to make a decision on a treaty that they will never even see in full, only scattered fragments of it? Or every citizen of Ireland is expected to know all the existing EU treaties by heart, then to perform the necessary puzzle-game of insertions, deletions and modifications of these scattered texts?
Instead of the actual text subject to the referendum what the voters can see are instructions for deletions, insertions, renumberings and other modifications. Here are some examples of the many:
64] Article 61 shall be replaced by the following Chapter 1and Articles 61 to 61 I. Article 61 shall also replace the current Article 29 of the Treaty on European Union, Article 61 D shall replace Article 36 thereof, Article 61 E shall replace Article 64(1) of the Treaty establishing the European Community and the current Article 33 of the Treaty on European Union,
Article 61G shall replace Article 66 of the Treaty establishing the European Community and Article 61 H shall take over Article 60 thereof, as set out in point 62 above:
BORDER CHECKS, ASYLUM AND IMMIGRATION
65] Articles 62 to 64 shall be replaced by the following Chapter 2 and Articles 62 to 63b. Article 62 shall replace Article 62, paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 63 shall replace points 1 and 2 of Article 63, paragraph 3 of Article 63 shall replace paragraph 2 of Article 64 and Article 63a shall replace points 3 and 4 of Article 63:
JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CRIMINAL MATTERS
67] Article 66 shall be replaced by Article 61 G, as set out in point 64 above, and Articles 67 to 69 shall be repealed. The following Chapter 4 and Articles 69 A to 69 E shall be inserted. Articles 69 A, 69 B and 69 D shall replace the current Article 31 of the Treaty on European Union, as set out above in point 51 of Article 1 of this Treaty:
68] The following Chapter 5 and Articles 69 F, 69 G and 69 H shall be inserted. Articles 69 F and 69 G shall replace the current Article 30 of the Treaty on European Union, and Article 69 H shall replace Article 32 thereof, as set out above in point 51 of Article 1 of this Treaty:
It is obvious that the voters cannot be expected to know the contents of the referenced articles nor the location from where they can download the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community (the text-base amended by above instructions).
The voters are especially not expected to understand immediately what the above mess actually means when applied to the respective parts of the existing treaties.
What the government and all pro-Lisbon groups hide by hiding the Lisbon Treaty is:
- The inability of the “yes” side to justify their statements on the very basis of the text itself.
- The contradictions between the actual content/implications of the Lisbon Treaty and the official statements of the EU and the Irish government on the treaty.
Actual truth by the text of the treaty : abolishment of democracy and transparency by elevating non-elected bureaucrats to the top of the decision hierarchy over all Europe, abolishment of the current voting and other citizens’ rights of ca 500 million citizens, loss of national sovereignty of the member states by the primacy of the Union law over the legislative decisions of the national parliaments, exclusion of the voters of 26 EU-states from the most essential decision of establishing the federal EU state itself, etc.
False statements held as the official ‘truth’ : “improved democracy”, “more transparency”, “increased role of the national parliaments in the EU’s decisions”, “increased involvement of the people in the EU’s decisions”, etc.
- The direct consequences of ratifying the constitutional Lisbon Treaty (“Conceptual map: the Lisbon Treaty is a constitution”), such as the loss of national sovereignty in economical, political, economical, social, military and other perspectives, and the countless further negative consequences, such as the loss of military neutrality and loss of an independent tax regime, etc.
- The fact that as soon as the Lisbon Treaty would be ratified in all member states and the treaty would come into effect, the actual government and parliament functions currently performed by the national state officials will be transferred to the respective EU-institutions. In this regard the decision on the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty means no less than an equivalent of parliamentary elections on an essential level: the voters’ decision on whether Ireland would keep its current government and parliament or accept the government and parliament and other state offices in Brussels. By not providing information on this fact, the current government campaigns to promote a ‘yes’ vote on the referendum, amounts to the deprivation of the Irish voters of their constitutional-democratic right to fair and free elections.
To make a decision on switching to a new constitution is a decision that most generations in the history of humankind never had to make and will never have to.
A constitution, especially one that enabled Ireland to realise its highest potentials, therefore is seen by most of us as a given, the value of which will be really seen only when it is lost.
A new constitution holds the key to our and our children’s future in every sense.
An undemocratic constitution like the Lisbon Treaty, – which is a constitution to cheat and deprive 500 million of their voting rights, by its very introduction – is depriving us of something the loss of which is unknown for most of us: political freedom.
Ultimately this is the very fact that the government and the EU-leadership hide by hiding the Lisbon Treaty.
Without political freedom we will be at the mercy of the further decisions of those who now are cheating the whole of Europe.
On the other hand, a consolidated version has been offered for the voters to download on a website of a “NO to Lisbon campaign”-group, “Libertas”: http://www.libertas.org/content/view/233/128/
The obvious reason for the openness of the “NO-groups” is that they have nothing to hide. They have provided objective information on the Lisbon Treaty, therefore the text itself only proves their justified stance against the treaty.