On Friday, George Wittman warned Brussels to leave Dublin alone. The rest of Europe has tried to ignore the Irish no vote on the Lisbon treaty, even though the unanimous consent of all European Union nations is supposed to be required. If European bureaucrats think they can strong arm Ireland into going along, says Wittman, they’ve got another thing coming.
Why haven’t other nations joined the Irish? They haven’t had the chance. As I write in Doublethink today, Ireland was the only country in the European Union to even hold a referendum. In 2005 an eerily similar piece of legislation was put to referendum in ten countries. French and Dutch voters rejected it. This time, the politicians decided to cut the people out of the decision making process entirely.