What is the ‘EU treaty’? Have you heard of it? No, me neither. In all the fuss over Gordon Brown’s shabby anti-terror laws, the issue that may affect Britain’s future relationship with our European friends went unnoticed.
Voters in the Republic of Ireland had yesterday rejected plans for their country to ratify (or approve) the EU treaty. They were the only country so far out of 15 European Union countries to use the public vote in a referendum. The treaty needs to be approved by all EU member countries before it comes into force on 1 January 2009.
Our own government plans to ratify the treaty without giving full information on the text and not holding a full referendum. Why? Are they afraid of asking the public to have a say, only to see them reject it? To hold such a public vote at this time seems just one step too far for Prime Minister Gordon Brown.