Thursday, July 31, 2008
Deleted Comment on Miliband's leadership Guardian article
Labels: David Miliband
Belgium split threatens Europe not just the EU and the Lisbon Treaty!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Letter to The First Post
Cameron must take charge of EU debate (Link)
If David Cameron really wants an early general election, then he should promise to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty irrespective of what happens in other EU member states.
At present the Tory pledge is that we would have a referendum, but only if the treaty had not come into force.
Therefore while there is still the slightest chance that the Irish might vote "yes" in a second referendum, Labour must remain in office to block the Tories and save the treaty. That could mean hanging on until the bitter end - Thursday May 6th 2010.
Cameron could "cut the Gordian knot" simply by announcing that even if the Irish did reverse their decision, he would still allow the British to have their say.
Not only would that take the pressure off the Irish people and government, a friendly act, it would also relieve Labour of the burden of holding the fort for the EU - thereby freeing them to replace the disastrous Brown with a new leader, who could then go to the country and seek his own mandate.
Dr R D Cooper
FIRST POSTED JULY 30, 2008
Labels: Lisbon Treaty
Latest Irish proposals breaches Lisbon's provisions
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Ganley meets Klaus
Friday, July 25, 2008
Czechs will not ratify Lisbon Treaty before Ireland
Labels: Lisbon Treaty
Barack in Berlin
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Czech Constitution - Core or non-Core - such is the question
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monkey business over EU Commissioners
"A Paine in the EU " from the USA
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Nice and Lisbon on Commissioners
Article 4 of the Protocol on the enlargement of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty of Nice, specifies that as of 1 January 2005 the Commission shall include only one national of each of the Member States. The Treaty of Accession, signed in Athens on 16 April 2003, amended this provision because the new Commission will take up its duties on 1 November 2004 and will include, as stipulated, one national of each Member State.
The Protocol on enlargement also provides that, when the EU consists of 27 Member States, the number of Members of the Commission shall be less than the number of Member States. The exact number of Members of the Commission is to be set by the Council, acting unanimously, and Members will be chosen according to a rotation system based on the principle of equality, the implementing arrangements for which are to be adopted by the Council, acting unanimously and in accordance with the following principles:
- Member States shall be treated on a strictly equal footing as regards determination of the sequence of, and the time spent by, their nationals as Members of the Commission; under no circumstances may the Commission include two Members of the same nationality;
- each successive college shall be so composed as to reflect satisfactorily the demographic and geographical range of all the Member States of the Union.
This rotation system will apply as from the date on which the first Commission following the date of accession of the 27th Member State of the Union takes up its duties (i.e. in principle as of November 2009). In other words, the Commission which will take up its duties in 2004 will therefore be extended to include one national of each country which has joined the Union by that time.LISBON (From EU link here)
Its main job is promoting the European public interest. The new treaty reduces the number of Commissioners - from 2014, only two thirds of member countries will have a Commissioner (e.g. with 27 countries, there would be 18 Commissioners), but the posts will rotate between all countries. The number of Commissioners can also be changed by the European Council (by unanimous vote).
In another major change, there will be a direct link between the results of the European elections and the choice of candidate for president of the Commission. (Ed. - This bit was news to me!!)
The president will also be stronger, as he/she will have the power to dismiss fellow Commissioners.
Declan Ganley of Libertas on a 25 page EU Constitution
EU's Sarkozy in Dublin
Monday, July 21, 2008
Labels: Economic collapse
Sunday, July 20, 2008
EU's ignored voters to get pan-EU referendum in 2009
"We will tell people that Libertas is the box you put your X in if you want to vote 'no' to the Lisbon Treaty. It's clear, it's simple," Mr Ganley said.
"The message will be: we are now giving you a referendum and it's going to take place in June of next year at the European elections."
Mr Ganley spoke as French President Nicolas Sarkozy prepared for a visit to Ireland.
Friday, July 18, 2008
No Commons statement from Foreign Secretary
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lisbon Treaty (Ratification)
The Minister for Europe (Mr. Jim Murphy): Following the enactment of the EU (Amendment) Bill, the Government completed the ratification process for the Lisbon treaty on 16 July by depositing its instrument of ratification in Rome.
REPORT ends!Under the Lisbon Treaty this country will be ruled by EU Commissioners and the Council of Europe, where Britain's representative will exercise his vote according to plenipotentiary powers from the Monarch - not from Parliament. The Westminster Parliament cannot amend legislation passed to it from the Council or the Commission via the European Parliament which itself has ZERO legislative authority! The full sordid story of how this feat was effected in the parliament to be trashed may be read in the monthly archives of this blog. My warnings, and those of several others have fallen upon deaf ears just as were those on the disastrous economic shenanigans of Blair and Brown. What next? Who knows - few, it seems, care!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Germany's state broadcaster UK Ratification report
Labels: Lisbon Treaty
Under the UK's ratification process, both houses of Parliament must pass the treaty.
The Queen then gives Royal Assent, and signs goatskin "instruments of ratification" along with the Foreign Secretary.
These are then sealed, bound in blue leather, and deposited with the Italian ministry of foreign affairs in Rome.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said all these stages had now been completed.
"The documents were lodged in Rome yesterday," he said.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband is due to deliver a statement to Parliament on the matter later.
Labels: EU Lisbon Treaty
Sarkozy runs scared of open debate over Lisbon!
Anti-Lisbon group Cóir yesterday called on Mr Sarkozy to withdraw his "imperious and insulting" declaration that Ireland would have to vote again. Cóir spokesman Richard Greene said: "It is simply deplorable that any foreign politician would come to a sovereign nation and attempt to tell voters what to do."
© 2008 The Irish Times
Labels: Lisbon Treaty
Treasures from the threads - Number Eighteen
Labels: Vapid Cameron
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Latest Bruges Group facts on EU's bankrupting of Britain
From 1st May 2008 to 15th July the EU has passed 282 laws which will impact on the UK. That is TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY TWO!Since May 2007 the total is 1,798. Examples of the laws recently introduced are below:
- Nest feathering - better pay, pensions and expenses for Brussels bureaucrats Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 420/2008 adjusting with effect from 1 July 2007 the remuneration and pensions of officials and other servants of the European Communities
- Control over credit Directive 2008/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on credit agreements for consumers and repealing Council Directive 87/102/EEC
- Involvement in civil law mediation Directive 2008/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters
- More funding for tobacco farmers Council Regulation (EC) No 470/2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 as regards the transfer of tobacco aid to the Community Tobacco Fund for the years 2008 and 2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 with regard to financing of the Community Tobacco Fund
- Control over the marketing of apples Commission Regulation (EC) No 460/2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 85/2004 laying down the marketing standard for apples
- More control over Customs Regulation (EC) No 450/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the Community Customs Code (Modernised Customs Code)
- Control over telecommunications equipment Commission Directive 2008/63/EC on competition in the markets in telecommunications terminal equipment (Codified version)
- Control over the marketing of eggs Commission Regulation (EC) No 598/2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 589/2008 laying down detailed rules for implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards the marketing standards of eggs
- Restrictions on the UK's fishing industry Commission Regulation (EC) No 614/2008 2008 establishing a prohibition of fishing for tusk in Norwegian waters of IV by vessels flying the flag of the United Kingdom
- Control over driving licences - relating to licences for driving clutch pedal vehicles Commission Directive 2008/65/EC amending Directive 91/439/EEC on driving licences
- Movement of social security schemes Regulation (EC) No 592/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 on the application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community
- Control over firearms Directive 2008/51/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons
- Price of eggs Commission Regulation (EC) No 448/2008 fixing representative prices in the poultrymeat and egg sectors and for egg albumin, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1484/95
- Petfood Commission Regulation (EC) No 399/2008 amending Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards requirements for certain processed petfood
- Price of fruit and vegetables Commission Regulation (EC) No 389/2008 establishing the standard import values for determining the entry price of certain fruit and vegetables
Labels: EU Regulations