Thank heavens the Irish were allowed a vote – the only country where they dared test their unwanted Treaty. Thank heavens they have voted No, showing that wherever the Constitution has been put to the people it has been defeated.
Instead of talking about the “crisis for the EU”, and saying the voters have made a mistake, the EU elite really must this time listen and change its mind. They should
1. Say sorry for pressing ahead this far, at our expense, against the wishes of so many people in the EU
2. Say they will now look at how to strengthen people and Parliaments and cut the powers the EU holds over us all as that is the clear message from a majority of voters who are consulted
3. Agree that no elements of this constitutional Treaty which strengthen the powers of the EU will go ahead. Lisbon should now be dead.
4. Accept that this is not the voters who have “plunged Europe” into more constitutional wranglings, but the elite of the EU who have plunged themselves into this by their obstinate refusal to listen
The UK should press ahead with its own referendum to reinforce the message to the elite. Given that these unrealistic bureaucrats are still talking about defying the wishes of the voters, they need to be taught another lesson in democracy.
Meanwhile our government should abandon all attempts to ratify the Treaty by Parliamentary process.